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Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: UNM on 15/06/2011, 11:31 AM
Feel free to use this thread to post the details and descriptions of what caffeinated beverages you are drinking.

As for me, it is a good question. I don't know!
I picked up some browns from jeff at mycuppa the other day and, although I know what beans are in the blend, I don't know proportions or if it is one of his standard blends.

I ground most for cold process, and kept some back for espressos. The first shot was a pretty slow pour, but very frisky crema for a two week old roast, tasted less than stellar - cloying sweetness with a touch of sour/acid aftertaste. Second shot was pulled with temp set 1.5 degree higher and slightly coarser grind. Much improved, nice body and mouthfeel, but I'm not yet getting the best out of it.
Tried the cold processed as an americano today and am really liking it - the usual velvety smoothness I seem to get in cold processed, with a little chocolate and just a hint of dry pepper in the finish.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: RichardM on 17/06/2011, 07:51 PM
I'm drinking this blend:

80g Bolivia
60g Nicaragua La Gloria Las Brisas
80g Rwanda Gisenyi
80g Java Ijen Sundried

That I did on the 12th of this month. It is amazing. Absolutely the smoothest blend I've ever made, but still has a lot of excitement to it, and a nice mouthfeel. It was taken just half way into second crack, and as I posted a second roast of it off to my sister today, I was really not wanting to let it go.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 17/06/2011, 08:56 PM
I am drinking
Ethiopian Kuza with a hint (5%) of Ethiopian Gambala Naturals

KK
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: shape_shifter on 18/06/2011, 11:10 PM
I was drinking this yesterday
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2755/5845291406_7b7b8bec62.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64168087@N07/5845291406/)
peaberry side (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64168087@N07/5845291406/) by Nic's Stuff (http://www.flickr.com/people/64168087@N07/), on Flickr
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3246/5844740761_1b2d284f09.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64168087@N07/5844740761/)
peaberry top (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64168087@N07/5844740761/) by Nic's Stuff (http://www.flickr.com/people/64168087@N07/), on Flickr

and this today
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5239/5844740539_3ae6666abb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64168087@N07/5844740539/)
ghimbi side (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64168087@N07/5844740539/) by Nic's Stuff (http://www.flickr.com/people/64168087@N07/), on Flickr
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2608/5844740391_6e12b1d5bf.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64168087@N07/5844740391/)
ghimbi top (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64168087@N07/5844740391/) by Nic's Stuff (http://www.flickr.com/people/64168087@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Ronin on 22/06/2011, 04:43 PM
In the grinder and cup at the moment I have

Colombian COE El Tiestero- Lot 14

Coco goodness with a ever so slight citrisy finish
Double ristretto flat white, and with Maleny milk............... makes Ronin happy after a long day at work
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Bean Flying on 25/06/2011, 02:04 PM
Got a bag of Genovese Super Brazil to retry. The last time I had a bag or two there was a noticeable change (not in a good way) in flavour from what had been a very consistently good blend. Pleased to report that they seem to have got it together again. Couple of very nice double shot Lattes for the morning.  :)

Doesn't mean I don't love mycuppa Suuweet anymore either  ;D
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: WotB on 25/06/2011, 02:13 PM
Uganda Busamaga.

Very nice for pourover and long blacks.  Bright and fruity as espresso, but a bit too much because of roast level (OH impression).
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: SniffCoffee on 25/06/2011, 05:41 PM

Yemen Sanani Mocca from beangreen - really interesting caramel flavour in a latte.


Sniff
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Dry bean. on 25/06/2011, 08:09 PM
Yemen Sanani Mocca from beangreen - really interesting caramel flavour in a latte.


Sniff
Just ordered a couple of kilo's of this one, will make sure it's the first cab off the rank.  ;)
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: shape_shifter on 25/08/2011, 10:04 AM
Today I broke into the 1kg pack of Espresso that mycuppa sent in the package.  I know I know it still has 4 days to go before it should be used but I'd run out of everything else for my OH.

So here is the gauge reading and the end of the pour :)

http://youtu.be/QALWvhJEYe0

no idea how to embed it...
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Brett H on 25/08/2011, 10:11 AM
Today I broke into the 1kg pack of Espresso that mycuppa sent in the package.  I know I know it still has 4 days to go before it should be used but I'd run out of everything else for my OH.

So here is the gauge reading and the end of the pour :)

http://youtu.be/QALWvhJEYe0

YUMMY!!!!!  I licked my computer monitor..... blurk~!
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: shape_shifter on 25/08/2011, 10:15 AM
LMAO Brett  ;D

I feel it blonded just a little too much, I used the double button and I think it goes slightly longer than 30 seconds but OH said that it tasted like dark chocolate without the sugar, it can only get better once it hits the right stage :)
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: shape_shifter on 25/08/2011, 03:59 PM
AM I haven't reprogrammed just yet, but did cut it short thank you and WOW, I have to admit I was hesitant about the blend, but it's fantastic, thank you Jeff  ;D
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: mycuppa on 25/08/2011, 08:37 PM
Thanks Nic.

You know, that coffee is barely 4 days old and it will do your head in over the next week !

That coffee can need up to 12 days to sort itself out......sometimes it chucks a wobbly around day 10 or 11.

The Early Bird catches the worm.........and perhaps a good dose of grind/dose frustration......

Good vid as well - perhaps a little finer on the grind or updose a tad to slow the flow - should bring in more sweetness as well.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: shape_shifter on 26/08/2011, 01:27 AM
LOL Jeff lucky I've got a kilogram, it will last for a while, we'll get to taste it at all it's stages :)

I made one for myself, as you know, this afternoon and it hit the right spot in terms of gauge, timing, etc, I got 40-50ml in 30 seconds and yes you are absolutely right it was sweet.

I will always give the good, bad and ugly of everything I do, what's the point of not doing that, you can't learn and people can't learn from you :)

I originally said I was going to do a blog for the DBD and was excited about doing it, well :P to Breville and ;D for Sunbeam.  People can actually watch and learn from people doing blogs like mine!
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Bottom Line on 31/08/2011, 09:38 AM
Suuweet blend from mycuppa, cracked open the bag and got a huge whiff of super sweet vanilla.
Very very smooth, large mid body and suuuweeet!
Not my style of coffee but a sublime, excellent blend. A bit like a Genovese coffee but much better quality.

A blend that I made up: 2 parts Laos, 2 parts El Salvador, 1 part Yirgacheffe Harfusa.
Light milk chocolate, large mid body with a sweet clean "granny smith apple, lime" finish. Nice.

And enjoying the Harrar that I roasted from the beans that Jeff very kindly gave away. Big fat stewed fruit.
Thanks Jeff!
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: shape_shifter on 31/08/2011, 02:40 PM
I'm drinking the Espresso from mycuppa.

Using the Synesso basket, 22g of Espresso and woah talk about chocolate :D

I did try the last of my Rononi, I only had 20.54g and not thinking I put it in the Synesso basket, big mistake, ended up with a sink shot, I should have just used the normal Sunbeam double basket and it would have been right, oh well, live and learn :D
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Ronin on 02/09/2011, 04:16 PM
Equal parts of the following

Colombian Andes Santa Rita
PNG Waghi AA
Ethiopian Harrar

Roasted together, pulled first snaps of second crack.
10 days post roast.

Full flavoured coco, mid body, berry finish with a lingering almost pineapple taste.
Very nice as dbl rizz flat white
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: mycuppa on 02/09/2011, 07:52 PM
with Brekkie - Tanza TEC Estate AA - Berries and butter melted in my mouth.

10am - Bolivia FTO - sweet caramel and choc, just like a molten mars bar.

midday - Honduras CoE.......what can I say....

2pm - Sidamo Haile Selassi.......refined sweetness and super long finish

2:05pm - Sidamo Mormosa - massive fruit attack. Think I prefer the balance of the HS

4pm - PNG A......name of farm withheld in secrecy

5pm - Sumatran Lake Tawar - brewed in syphon - delicious
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: shape_shifter on 02/09/2011, 08:37 PM
Mmm think I might have to come and spend the day with you one day, sounds varied and delicious :)
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: RichardM on 02/09/2011, 08:44 PM
10am - Bolivia FTO - sweet caramel and choc, just like a molten mars bar.


Mmmmm. Just roasted up 500g of this on Wednesday. Cracked it tonight. Mmmmmmmmmm. So good in milk.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: shape_shifter on 02/09/2011, 11:01 PM

Mmmmm. Just roasted up 500g of this on Wednesday. Cracked it tonight. Mmmmmmmmmm. So good in milk.

Did I mention you two suck  :P I can't eat Mars Bars anymore, actually can't eat much that has caramel in it due to the barley which has gluten in it, I want some of this!!!

Off to search  ;D
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 03/09/2011, 12:12 AM
Im drinking some Nicaragua Mierisch pure Pacamara pulped natural - there aint much of it to go around and at these prices I can see why!

Havent tried it as espresso yet (waiting for a few more days age on it) - but it drinks a treat as filter...

ACg
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Ronin on 03/09/2011, 09:22 AM
Equal parts of the following

Colombian Andes Santa Rita
PNG Waghi AA
Ethiopian Harrar

Roasted together, pulled first snaps of second crack.
10 days post roast.

Full flavoured coco, mid body, berry finish with a lingering almost pineapple taste.
Very nice as dbl rizz flat white

Still impressed with this one.
Pulled a little shorter this morning with a smaller cup.
Still flat white, more caramel this morning, some dark berries in the background too.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: UNM on 07/09/2011, 03:40 PM
Two different ones today.

First was a short black of Brazil Monte Alegre (mycuppa). Silky smooth, good mouthfeel, but something is missing - always seems to be the same when I have a brazilian.
I got the beans with the intention of using as a base for blending, but thought I'd better try as a single origin as well.

Second was an aeropress long black of my blend #1 (monte alegre, san isidro, tiger mtn) - works quite well, but I think the blend needs some adjustments for the aeropress rather than espresso. Will try slightly more brazilian, less costa rican, maybe a touch of harrar.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Bottom Line on 08/09/2011, 02:49 PM
Third PNG Perosa, third Peru Penachi, third Sidamo. The Peru was roasted separately, pulled 2-3 degrees short of second crack.

Only 3 day post roast. The orange from the Sidamo is dominating. Some light milk chocolate from the PNG is there.
The Peru is only there to add some syrup sweetness, I can't pick it out out the moment.
Not bad.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: madpierre on 10/10/2011, 09:50 PM
PNG Marawaka, Dem. Rep. of Congo Matadi and Panama Boquette all singly through both filter and aeropress. Will be taking a bag of the Costa Rica la Condalilla as an accompaniment to my aeropress when I head off next Tuesday morning to work at the V8's down the coast. Certainly no shortage of a good coffee while I am away.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: UNM on 15/10/2011, 10:32 AM
Started the day today wIth a couple of double shots of harrar, 10 days post roast.

Still need to tweak the grind some more, but second one really hit the spot.
Perhaps I was just in the mood for a change from the PNG I have been drinking, but really enjoyed the refreshing, bright taste. Must check my roasting notes and try to repeat this one.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: borat123 on 16/10/2011, 02:52 PM
Tried some Guatamalan WeeWee  :P

I haven't had any of this for quite a while.  Mixed spice aroma out of the grinder.  10 days post roast, opened the bag & first up was with milk as a machiatto, which I came to the conclusion its probably not well suited to...

Then as an espresso it was magnificent.   I'm not normally a short black drinker but for this one I'm a happy convert...  ;D  Smoooth,  lemon / chocolatey,  a nice light aftertaste that lingers for quite a while. 
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: admin on 21/10/2011, 04:18 PM
Kenyan Iena - from one of my local roasters [Mark Barun] - drinking beautifully at the moment; am really enjoying it in the plunger.

A
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: coffeehorse on 21/10/2011, 05:54 PM
15% Finca La Fany / 35% CR Zamorana estate / 50% Kenya Karini blend.

Unfortunately the result of having to put a blend together on no notice with an empty selection of beans. Boosting to 30/40/30 and switching that Karini out for Tingara or another Ethiopian would've made this fairly awesome, but as it is I'm struggling to control the tropical characteristics of the Karini. These guys didn't roast particularly well together.

--

Mecca Espresso Kenya Kangocho

Intersting coffee with malt, grapefruit, apricot and toffee notes depending how it was pulled. Better faster than slower, where a more cacao-y mouthfeel didn't offset increased bitterness and too much salt. Stunning both as a single origin and in their Dark Horse blend.

--

Coffee Alchemy Haile Selassie Washed

Redolent with wild strawberries and milk chocolate as a strong latte - didn't cut through the milk quite as much as I hoped but was pleasant and surprisingly elegant for a washed.

As double ristretto, the strawberry notes continued but despite being well-structured and having some complex florals on the nose, there was a savoury note of roast tomato which once I'd picked up, really made me want to go for another coffee instead.

So I had a cold drip served over ice and forgot to ask the name (I suspect it was a Central American, maybe Guatemalan).

--

fin.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: shape_shifter on 21/10/2011, 06:34 PM
Suuweet mate!!!  That's what I'm drinking  ;D  I know I know Jeff, it's not ready for another 3 days and I also have a giggle at the label that says 'please'  :P

I can't believe I never heeded others advice to buy it before, it's so so easy to drink and bloody good, can't wait to taste it in another three days :D
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: mycuppa on 21/10/2011, 08:39 PM
Shaking my head.....and rolling my eyes ::)

I'll be very interested in your opinion of the BA Mark 2.........it's cupping so hot right now - some of our cafe clients are very happy campers, some want to change their house blend across to the BA2. But please just wait....the BA2 was pretty much fresh off the roaster.

Did the boys remember to sneak you a little something - your parcel went out before I could see the contents ?
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: shape_shifter on 21/10/2011, 09:13 PM
I am definitely going to wait on the BA, I've told OH he can't have it no matter how much he wants it, that's the reason I submitted to opening the Suuweet early.

Do I wait the same as the original, 12 days?

Hehe yes they did sneak me something, get a lot of use out of the steam wand on the BES900, some gorgeous sounding thick drinking chocolate :D
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: mycuppa on 22/10/2011, 10:46 AM

Do I wait the same as the original, 12 days?

Hehe yes they did sneak me something, get a lot of use out of the steam wand on the BES900, some gorgeous sounding thick drinking chocolate :D

The bean that was chucking a wobbly from day 8 - 11 is now out of BA2 and perhaps 7 might be ok and as you know it will continue to improve up to day 14.

Sometimes, a rockstar is just too difficult to handle in the long term !
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Brett H on 22/10/2011, 11:14 AM
The bean that was chucking a wobbly from day 8 - 11 is now out of BA2 and perhaps 7 might be ok and as you know it will continue to improve up to day 14.

Sometimes, a rockstar is just too difficult to handle in the long term !

Rockstars.... phfffffff!  Give me an Opera Star that retires to a Conservatoire with grace and dignity any day!  Perhaps blend in an Opera Star and save the rockstars for the 'Rockwiz' blend that can afford to run hot and cold and is aimed at the mainstream.  ;D

Is coffee the new paradigm for expressing the human condition?  I hope so!
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Bean Flying on 22/10/2011, 11:22 AM
Drinking the very last of the Tanzanian Tec Estate from mycuppa before cracking the Columbian/basmati bowl roast tomorrow.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Brett H on 22/10/2011, 03:33 PM
Drinking the BH Blend this morning... Honey like pours and lots of Crema.  As a double flat white this is just wonderful.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: coffeehorse on 23/10/2011, 12:38 AM
Today:

Coffee Alchemy Ethiopia Shakiso Natural - last of this year's crop I've found anywhere.

Heaps of blue and red fruits in the background, blackberry and chocolate in the foreground, tons of texture, sweetness and body. Dusty cocoa mouthfeel, sparkling acidity. One of the standout espresso coffees of the year for me, and nearly as stunning in milk. If I was competing tomorrow, I'd grab a bag of this.

Not as fantastic as a piccolo long black - lots of the balance, texture, clarity and intensity is lost when adding water to the espresso (well, pulling the shot on top).

Drunk as:

- Piccolo long black (aka medium black) 3/5
- Piccolo latte 5/5
- Double ristretto 5/5

Lovely pong of morello cherries as a dry aroma and in medium

Coffee Alchemy Panama Carmen Estate 'Siete Dias de Bellota' microlot

My understanding is that this translates as 'Seven Days of Acorns', but I've been told it means 'Seven Days of the Harvest' by someone else. I'm guessing it means this because of the dry/natural process (like fresh acorns used to be processed back when they were a staple crop), drawing a contrast to the washed processes so common in Central America.

Anyhow. Whether I say I'm certain that this is the best pourover coffee I've had all year, whether I say it's exceedingly complex with berry fruits, floral and chocolate notes, that it's super clean, very balanced, has a super-long finish an a gentle honeyed sweetness that ties everything in, or whether I say this is easily a 90+ coffee, probably 92-94, I'll say this: This coffee takes me to my happy place!
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: borat123 on 24/10/2011, 10:50 PM

I just can't keep away from the Harrars;  star double sort that is... 

Sweet, earthy, great with milk, and great without.

I should buy more of this but I'm trying to slowly reduce my stash.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Bottom Line on 25/10/2011, 08:54 AM
Australia Bundja this morning.

Light sweet milk chocolate with a very distinct lingering fresh sweet honeycomb taste. Real honeycomb not "violet crumble" honeycomb.

Very nice quaffer coffee.

Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: UNM on 03/11/2011, 06:48 PM
Harrar, Harrar and more Harrar (Jeff's freebie).

Ristretto this morning, followed by a couple long blacks during the day - one with espresso base, one made with a batch of cold processed.

This batch of CP has come out really well (made it twelve days post roast) and has a much stronger chocolate taste than I usually get from Harrar which I think suits the brew method. As the weather is warming up, next drink from this batch will be an iced coffee.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: borat123 on 03/11/2011, 07:24 PM

Monsoon Malabar, roasted quite light, and left in the bag until day 11....

It still has heaps of gas and requires a ridiculously tight grind, but it's already pretty damn good.

Hints of pickled herring or salted fish  ??? aroma from the grind, absolutely no acidity, heaps of body, and even with such a light roast it still has a nice chocolaty aftertaste.   

Probably still needs another week or so to settle, but as always a favourite....

Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: coffeehorse on 04/11/2011, 12:28 AM
Ethiopia Sidamo DP Haile Selassie from Bean Green

Beautiful coffee at lighter roasts, pulled as it looked 'suddenly a little dark', this one hit 2nd crack in the cooling tray!

Really lovely chocolate notes with strawberry - don't pull this too slowly at this depth or it tastes very roasty, pulled too fast it tasted almost vegemitey.

Going to roast again, but lighter.

CH.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: shape_shifter on 10/11/2011, 10:52 AM
We are still enjoying Jeffs Berry Apocalypse, Jeff you asked my opinion, this version is not as 'berry' as the first version but now that I think I've found the sweet spot on the BES900 with it, it is a lot more rounded and smoother than the first.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: UNM on 12/11/2011, 06:41 PM
First up a double espresso of my variation on bh blend. Better than last batch and a great start to the day nothing on it that stands out for me, just covers all the bases so to speak, well rounded and easy drinking. 

Next was an aeropress of the last berry apocalypse freezer beans in the travel mug for work.

Got home lunchtime for an aeropress long black of yirg special prep. Light and refreshing on a hot melbourne day.



 :coffee2: :coffee2: :coffee2: = better day than yesterday
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: mycuppa on 12/11/2011, 09:27 PM
Many years ago I fell in love with a Guatemalan (coffee bean, not a lady).

It was an Estrellas from the now defunct ARC with amazing flavour, balanced acidity, superb sweetness and complex character.

Since then I have been searching for the perfect Guat and many times I have been let down by a few overly acidic Guat's - quite disappointing actually. Admittedly, I'd limited my searches to just Antiguas as the definitive all-time classic Guat without broadening my scope to include the many delightful and Way-ways,

Guatemala is a revered origin. The finest coffees from this region are like liquid gold - generating clean, bright, strong infusion with dark chocolate bittersweet notes.

In more recent times, Costa Rica has risen above Guatemala as a preferred Cent-Am by many roasters - producing cleaner and more intensely sweeter cups without having to deal with the "dark side" of bitter-sweetness (both a blessing and a curse).

On 27/10 I ran a 15kg batch of Antigua Los Volcanes to a much deeper level than normal (dropped at 211 - instead of 209). What resulted is perhaps one of the most dramatic coffees I've tasted in the last few months - black or white. Superb balance, clean, intense infusion and absolutely delightful through milk. It's a dark chocolate without the hint of bittersweet taints that can accompany.

Yes, I'm in love with Antigua again...........much more complex than any Costa Rican and offering up something for everyone.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 16/11/2011, 12:25 AM
I'm drinking some Honduras COE lot 14 Louis Alfonzo Hernandez Aguas Dulces at the moment - and its drinking like a French Burgundy!

I've tries it every day post roast and today, five days after it was roasted, its finally started to 'open up' in the cup, and to give me some of the heady aromas and palate structure that I would naturally expect from a coffee of this stature

although I suspect that the coffee is still a baby and will only continue to improve to 3 weeks post-roast plus (if it lasts that long that is!)

Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: UNM on 19/11/2011, 10:05 AM
Been somewhat remiss about posting coffee related stuff recently due to the silly season hitting with a vengeance, but this week have had some variety of coffees.

Bh blend, laos bolaven farms, yirg special prep, png robusta, columbian decaf.

Decaf - first sampled 15 min post roast. One word - foul. Several days later - less foul. We've all seen those pours (usually from pressurised baskets) where it starts thin and watery and gets worse from there.
Next roast of this one will be darker and much finer grind. I'm not expecting miracles, but should be able to get something less disgusting for no 2 daughter to drink in the evening.
 
Yirg special prep - I really can't be bothered with this one as an espresso, but makes a nice aeropress long black. Wish I had    a syphon as I susoect that would suit it well.  Refreshing, quite acidic (citrusy?).

Bh blend - espresso, aeropress and cold processed. For me, this is a good 'workhorse' blend.  Seems to work well in everything. There is nothing about it that overpowers, nor Is anything obviously missing. The flip side is that it doesn't have that Wow! factor of some single origins, but so far I am very happy with this one.
The cold processed (CP) was a couple of days back, but I recall chocolate, vanilla and a hint of pepper in the finish. Very refreshing on a 30 degree day. I normally dilute at one part CP to 3 parts water for a long black. This was one part CP, one part cold water, two parts ice.

Laos bolaven farm - unusual one this, quite a herby, grassy scent and taste, also rather acidic. It is rather a light roast. ok as a ristretto, a bit confronting as a lungo. Not tried other brew methods with this roast.

Png robusta. Just opened bag this morning. Will also post a thread under roasting as this was a bit different to other beans I've roasted. Quite an eye opener in more ways than one.  Only had  one cup as aeropress long black. Serious body, hard to described taste really, but bold is one word that springs to mind. Hardly any acidity, quite sweet a bit of nuttiness perhaps.
Will be trying as single origin espresso  in a day or so and also in some grinder blends.
If you are buying from beangreen in the near future, I suggest you order a kilo or two.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: UNM on 29/11/2011, 10:04 PM
Today Peru Ceja De Selva as espresso first thing. Then this evening some of BeanGreens decaf columbian (daughter likes a coffee while doing homework).

The decaf is far better than my first batch. Quite drinkable in fact (I'm not a fan of decaf).
This one was roasted much darker - into 2C and then 30sec. One week post roast, oil is developing on the beans.
I think I'll just keep roasting this one dark in future. It definitely didn't suit a light roast.



Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Brett H on 29/11/2011, 10:49 PM
Today Peru Ceja De Selva as espresso first thing. Then this evening some of BeanGreens decaf columbian (daughter likes a coffee while doing homework).

The decaf is far better than my first batch. Quite drinkable in fact (I'm not a fan of decaf).
This one was roasted much darker - into 2C and then 30sec. One week post roast, oil is developing on the beans.
I think I'll just keep roasting this one dark in future. It definitely didn't suit a light roast.

This is my experience with this bean also.  I really like it darker and it is actually my new favorite Decaf. If you are after a low caffeine bean I highly recommend Bean Green's Opus 1 Brazil Daterra.  It is so sweet and silky roasted just into 2nd crack.  I bought another two kilos yesterday to get me over Chistmas.  They arrived today... wonderful service.
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Post by: Ronin on 30/11/2011, 07:38 PM
Stable Treat from site sponsor Ministry Grounds in my grinder ATM

Very nice as flat white and Piccolo.
Milk choc with honey sweetness, and hints of raisins on the finish.

Also from Ministry Grounds is the Costa Rica La Lajas Black Pearl.
Berries in my cuppa. Nice, but not as nice as the Stable Treat IMOP.
Would recommend to others though
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Post by: UNM on 07/12/2011, 09:31 AM
So far today:
Cold processed harfusa as long black.
Straight espresso of  bean swap beans from AM.
cold processed PNG robusta as iced coffee.

Sunny, warm, not a cloud in the sky and an iced coffee while I work. Good start to the day :coffee2:
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Post by: Brett H on 07/12/2011, 03:20 PM
So far today:
Cold processed harfusa as long black.
Straight espresso of  bean swap beans from AM.
cold processed PNG robusta as iced coffee.

Sunny, warm, not a cloud in the sky and an iced coffee while I work. Good start to the day :coffee2:

I too have had a cold press but of Tango's Bag C, a lightly roasted Burundi which was enjoyed by myself and very much by my guests who came for a roasting and Unico Spendor retirement bash.  As an espresso we enjoyed the fabulous Bag B (Yemen blend of Tango's) and some BH Blend.  I love the idea of the PNG Robusta iced coffee and think it would be amazing Vietnamese style... and very authentic tasting.
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Post by: UNM on 07/12/2011, 03:39 PM
I love the idea of the PNG Robusta iced coffee and think it would be amazing Vietnamese style... and very authentic tasting.

I used to enjoy proper vietnamese coffee in my milk drinking days.  Nowadays, I just drink coffee  neat. Might well try the robusta through the vietnamese dripper though just to see how it affects the flavour.

One thing about the cold processed robusta - it is low caffeine. Still a seriously punchy in your face coffee, just not the same buzz.

Normally after three coffees in 30 minutes, I would feel some effect of caffeine, especially from robusta. Today, zilch.
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Post by: shape_shifter on 31/12/2011, 02:25 PM
I am drinking so many different beans at present but right now, this instant I am drinking solo's Panama that he did in the popper as an espresso, I've never had an apple tasting bean before, there is a little bitterness to it which I will be interested to see if it's still there when I roast the bean (solo kindly gave me some green of it as well, it's his favourite so I know this was hard to do), it's like a granny smith apple, amazing  :)
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Post by: UNM on 31/12/2011, 05:44 PM
Double espresso of the brazil/MM blend first thing, not bad - definitely better than as ristretto.
An iced DR constanza cold processed to take to work (lots of ice - temp in mid thirties). This bean is very pleasant as iced coffee.

Got home early, since it's hogmanay and tested the honduras finca el fila COE (made in the teapot). Only three days post roast, but already very nice.
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Post by: Muscles on 31/12/2011, 10:00 PM
About to make a nice cup of Hawaiian Kona with the aeropress.... hmmm Kona  :thumb:
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Post by: UNM on 25/01/2012, 08:28 PM
Sulawesi bukit marante, roasted saturday. Opened the bag yesterday as I ran out of beans.

Drinking as double espresso.
tasted crap yesterday, better today, should be just about on form when I run out.  Definitely shows promise already, so I may roast another batch that can rest properly.
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Post by: ash on 26/01/2012, 09:22 AM
Just finished off an Indian Mysore Nuggets espresso. Definately gets better around the 10+ day mark after roasting. The flavours became more pronounced and deeper as the acidity seemed to mellow out. Into a batch of Zambia Terranova from Ministry of Grounds roasted five days ago. I haven't tried this one for a while so it'll be interesting to see what it's like over the next few days
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Post by: UNM on 26/01/2012, 10:39 AM
Just finished off an Indian Mysore Nuggets espresso. Definately gets better around the 10+ day mark after roasting.

I find most of my roasts are best 10 days+
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Post by: mycuppa on 26/01/2012, 11:20 AM
Ha - AM....probably taste different when you find the cup.

Have you tried the small sample of Tanza yet ?
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Post by: shape_shifter on 26/01/2012, 11:26 AM
Interestly enough we are also drinking mycuppas Espresso blend, it's now over a month old and seriously it's better than when it was 'in prime time'.

It will be interesting to try it again later on down the track in prime time after the changes we've made to the BES900.
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Post by: Brett H on 26/01/2012, 11:48 AM
Today I went for Australian!  Kelsey and I had an Aussie coffee at Merlos the other day and I noticed he didn't finish his.  I did finish mine but the whole time was trying to work out what I was tasting.  This morning it came to me... descaling solution!  No... not the machines (Merlo's machine or mine) but the beans in the middle of the palate taste... like... when I didn't flush Miss Silvia enough times many years ago after descaling.  The coffee is a medium roast but there is oil showing on the beans.  They don't smell stale in fact, they smell of choclolatey goodness.  When will I learn: to celebrate Aussie day properly, you need to drink imported coffee!  Back to the Sidamo!

FWIW I've been a customer at Merlos in Fortitude Valley since 1996 and this is the first time I've brought home something not to my taste.  That's an impressive track record!
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Post by: UNM on 27/01/2012, 11:11 AM
Just finished a DR Guatemala Santa Clara at The Maling Room.

Soo sweet, but with a nice fruitiness.

Second shot at home this morning went down the sink, so this made up for it.



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Post by: Kelsey on 27/01/2012, 11:50 PM
Today I went for Australian!  Kelsey and I had an Aussie coffee at Merlos the other day and I noticed he didn't finish his.  I did finish mine but the whole time was trying to work out what I was tasting.  This morning it came to me... descaling solution!  No... not the machines (Merlo's machine or mine) but the beans in the middle of the palate taste... like... when I didn't flush Miss Silvia enough times many years ago after descaling.  The coffee is a medium roast but there is oil showing on the beans.  They don't smell stale in fact, they smell of choclolatey goodness.  When will I learn: to celebrate Aussie day properly, you need to drink imported coffee!  Back to the Sidamo!

FWIW I've been a customer at Merlos in Fortitude Valley since 1996 and this is the first time I've brought home something not to my taste.  That's an impressive track record!

Yep, we didn't get a chance to discuss it there, but I really didn't enjoy the Australian at all. There was a couple of reasons. One is that even for a double shot, it was just waaaaay too much coffee. Even a double espresso doesn't need to be served in a mug. Mainly I just didn't enjoy the taste, but I didn't over-analyse.
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Post by: Brett H on 27/01/2012, 11:55 PM
Yep, we didn't get a chance to discuss it there, but I really didn't enjoy the Australian at all. There was a couple of reasons. One is that even for a double shot, it was just waaaaay too much coffee. Even a double espresso doesn't need to be served in a mug. Mainly I just didn't enjoy the taste, but I didn't over-analyse.

Good news... as a plunger, it's worse! 
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Post by: Kelsey on 28/01/2012, 10:03 AM
Oh that's a worry.

I did enjoy that one shot of Whitsunday Gold, but afaik you can't buy it as greens.
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Post by: WotB on 28/01/2012, 11:13 AM
Pulped natural Brazil and Venezuelan blend.  Having it as both pour-over and cold brew.  Tobacco and prune sweetness with a touch of fairy floss finish.
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Post by: UNM on 13/02/2012, 11:03 AM
First up a double shot of Indian Elk Hill from Mycuppa. Awesomely superb bean this one. Got that nice rich red crema I expect from a good Indian coffee. Rich and sweet, seem to get a touch of mandarin coming through. Nice way to start the day.

Then a long black on an espresso (actually half way to ristretto) base of Columbian La Union excelso (again from mycuppa) roasted by my good self a couple weeks ago.  After a shaky start, this is definitely becoming a favourite now I got the temp set right.

Just finishing off another long black of the columbian done in the french press and taken with a piece of lindt 85% dark chocolate.
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Post by: mycuppa on 13/02/2012, 05:49 PM
Be careful Ewan - you are developing expensive tastes there......

I know you don't do milk, but the Elk Hill is stunning through a bit of the white stuff - find a friend who does the lactose and see their reaction.

The La Union is a very fresh green, so it has a tendency to need a good 14 days to develop. Who said coffee should be thrown out after 2 weeks ?
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Post by: UNM on 13/02/2012, 07:32 PM
Be careful Ewan - you are developing expensive tastes there......

Well, not sure what you sell the La Union for but the Elk Hill is hardly costly at $24/kg roasted. Even to a fiscally prudent scot that is astonishingly good value. Compare it to colesonline price for Lavazza Torino Caffe espresso blend at $37.96/kg. To be fair to coles, I could go with Harris premium coffee for $25/kg.
I know which I'd rather drink.


As for aging coffee, I am finding a lot of my roasts recently have been at their best approximately 2 weeks post roast. Just as well as I have a glut of roasted coffee at the moment.

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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 14/02/2012, 08:23 AM
I'm really enjoying the Nicaragua Finca Mierisch as an espresso and pour over at the moment, and Mexico San Cristobal as a cold filter exceeds all my expectations of yummy goodness! And El Salvador Aida Battle Selection looks and tastes great no matter how I try it!
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Post by: Brett H on 14/02/2012, 12:19 PM
I roasted some JBM as a treat for my wife's homecoming with the baby from hospital.  A medium roast  with a nice big gap between fc and sc, extraced as a ristretto at 91deg is giving very good results.  Here's the thing, I'm enjoying my Full City+ blend roast more extracted hotter.  This blend was 50% Java Kalistat, 25% PNG and 25% Costa Rican.  I remember the JBM blowing my mind only a few years ago but it is almost too clean and too Pinot like for this forrest floor Cab Sav palate.  Even my wife agrees that while a nice treat the JBM is not one of our recent best.  Of course this new found enlightenment would not be possible without the wonderful offerings and information from our Crema sponsors.  I have learned more and improved more in my time on this forum than at any other time in my coffee journey.
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Post by: shape_shifter on 20/02/2012, 03:36 PM
Bloody hopeless with trying to roast at the moment, so popped down to Bliss for a small lot of theirs to take me through until mine is ready to drink.

I'm drinking their Midnight Bliss and I can tell you it's fantastic, something both OH and I enjoy equally :)
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Post by: Black Shiraz on 20/02/2012, 07:08 PM
Well I'm trying my mocca blend & enjoying it.  About a week back I roasted for a few blokes at work who love long blacks, mycuppa's espresso blend of 50/30/20 Brazil/Sumatra/Ethiopia.  It was:

50 Brazil Daterra
30 Sumatra Mandheling
20 Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

I was surprised at the 'strength' of this as I took it about 10-15 seconds into 2nd crack.  Wow, it absolutely punches through milk and as a long black the boys reckon is was  :thumb:   

Nice work mycuppa, I love the blend suggestions.
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Post by: UNM on 29/02/2012, 07:45 AM
Last couple days I finally found success with Sulawesi Bukit Marante.
My grinder needs new burrs (hopefully get them ordered today), and this bean/roast needed finer than it could manage.
Enter the little porlex hand grinder. Took a while, but got 22gram ground and this was just enough for my 14 gram basket. Normally I dose around 18.5-19 gram.

Shot took around 27 seconds for 45-50gram eluate. Beautifully rounded flavour, balanced acid and sweetness. Really hit the spot.
Not sure, if Sulawesi beans are exceptionally hard/dense, but the Bukit Marante certainly seems to be.


Today I moved on to Mexico Yeni Navan, a medium roast about 20 sec into second crack with nice development between first and second. Poured as a tight ristretto - good body, ultra sweet and with hints of liqorice and spice. Crema quite dark (or was that the lighting). This one grinds ok in the usual grinder thank goodness.

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Post by: UNM on 06/03/2012, 05:41 PM
Today Amanti Golden Moka blend, roasted middle of last year.
Nice tight ristretto pour. Pleasant, but the blend  not really ideal for straight shots.

Freezer beans of course
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 06/03/2012, 05:53 PM
Today Amanti Golden Moka blend, roasted middle of last year.
Nice tight ristretto pour. Pleasant, but the blend  not really ideal for straight shots.

Freezer beans of course

Roasted last year you say
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Post by: UNM on 06/03/2012, 06:01 PM
Roasted last year you say

Yep 8 or 9 months ago. Still good, not at all stale. Freezing works, long as you follow, some simple precautions

It was either the freezer, or the MM roasted 5 days ago...
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Post by: texx on 11/03/2012, 06:10 PM
well I just drank a " Honduras El Filo Cup of Excellence" courtesy of bean green and i must say i enjoyed it a lot , and I  only roasted it yesterday so i will drink some each day for a week or so and see what happens . very nice change , I have been drinking crema from supreme roasters and my own kjm for the last 3 or 4 months .
johno
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Post by: UNM on 11/03/2012, 09:21 PM
well I just drank a " Honduras El Filo Cup of Excellence" courtesy of bean green and i must say i enjoyed it a lot , and I  only roasted it yesterday so i will drink some each day for a week or so and see what happens . very nice change , I have been drinking crema from supreme roasters and my own kjm for the last 3 or 4 months .
johno

Good isn't it?
Haven't had any for a while, but going to roast another batch soon.
Found it best 1-2 weeks post roast, but then I ran out... Who knows if it would have kept on improving.
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 14/03/2012, 07:41 PM
I'm drinking Colombia La Union Excelso and Ethiopia Guji at the moment as well as some Brazil Bobo and Mexico San Cristobal pulped natural - all of the above as espresso, pour-over, and cold drip!
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Post by: 3rd Crack on 29/03/2012, 11:35 PM
mmmm .. i'm drinking this Brasil Santa Ines 2 days post roast  (roasted to 3rd Crack)  :rofl:

(http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg576/scaled.php?server=576&filename=perfectpour.jpg&res=medium)
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Post by: Brett H on 30/03/2012, 08:10 AM
Hi 3rd Crack

That looks awful... don't risk your palate.  Just send it up to me and I'll 'take care' of that Santa Ines for you! :rofl:

 >:DJEALOUS!!!! >:D
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Post by: derrilex on 30/03/2012, 09:36 AM
Frikken awesome photo 3C, brew doesnt look too shabby either  :thumb:
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Post by: derrilex on 30/03/2012, 09:58 AM
Doing a frankestein blend of italian dark roast and SO east timor - so far so good but a bit gassy and bloomy. Should settle over the next couple of days
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Post by: UNM on 30/03/2012, 03:20 PM
Just polished off a rather nice short shot of Yirg SP (with a few stray PNG beans chucked in).  Not my favourite bean for short blacks, but this shot came out really good, maybe it was the addition of that gram or so of PNG.
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Post by: UNM on 31/03/2012, 02:44 PM
Had a real win today. Still on the Yirg SP, got this one dialled in nicely now.
Late start and rest of the family were up before I left for work. Wife asked for a coffee (flat white) and on tasting it said 'this coffee tastes sort of caramelly, very sweet'. I made it with a tight, almost ristretto pour, no milk thermometer so just guessed - the milk was pretty good as I got the temp just right to start steaming on the little gaggia.

Never had her comment on specific flavours in a coffee before - it has always been 'don't make it too strong', or similar.
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Post by: derrilex on 31/03/2012, 05:22 PM
Went back to scene of the latte art comp today. Trying V's forza blend. Good 'n' meaty
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Post by: Muscles on 01/04/2012, 09:54 AM
Drinking my latest blend:
10% PNG Robusta (150g)
23% Indian Monsson Malabar (350g)
67% Colombian Organic Supremo (1000g)
Chocolate and caramel with a puch but oh, so smooooooth  :thumb: definitely my best blend yet. Good with milk and surprisingly better as a long black. Awesome as an espresso...
Will call this one "KA-POW!" and will definitely keep working with these beans
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Post by: UNM on 01/04/2012, 11:13 AM
That seems like quite a large roast muscles. What roaster?
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Post by: Muscles on 01/04/2012, 01:00 PM
All in the KKTO of course... 3 x 0.5kg batches, PNG & MM together and 2 lots of Colombian
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Post by: Muscles on 03/04/2012, 01:45 PM
Drinking my latest blend:
10% PNG Robusta (150g)
23% Indian Monsson Malabar (350g)
67% Colombian Organic Supremo (1000g)
Chocolate and caramel with a puch but oh, so smooooooth  :thumb: definitely my best blend yet. Good with milk and surprisingly better as a long black. Awesome as an espresso...
Will call this one "KA-POW!" and will definitely keep working with these beans

PNG & MM is now 14d ays post and Colombian 4 days and.... WOW! It just keeps geeting better... :coffee2:
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 07/04/2012, 07:18 AM
Had a bit of an Easter gathering at my place yesterday and created am impromptu blend specially for the occasion

60 per cent Nicaragua Diamond
20 per cent Ethiopia Gugi
20 per cent Mexico San Cristobal

In a word - bloody delicious!

Had it as an espresso, and as a latte and was very happy with both - this is one to keep up my sleeve I reckon!

The Nicaragua imparts some lovely earthy tones - a good base note for the blend, and the Gugi is floral and aromatic, whilst the San Cristobal adds roast capsicum, spice and tobacco notes

Made me want to either smoke a Cohiba Robusto with it or sip it with an Armagnac - or preferably both at the same time!
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Post by: UNM on 17/04/2012, 08:55 PM
Started the day with a Costa Rica Tarrazzu, nice pour not as acidic as I have found this roast until now.

 As I have a bit of a bean glut going on here again, I gave away some ground coffee to a client today and tried some of the four bean blend recommended by RM last week (equal parts Tiger Mt, PNG Highlands, Malawi Nyika and Java Ijen sundried. Only roasted Saturday so still a bit fresh - had an aeropress long black.


I struggled to find the best words to describe the main defining chracteristics of this blend.

Demure? Delicate? Subtle? None of these really capture the essence of this one.


It is more of an IN YER FACE - WAKE UP AND GET THIS DOWN YER THROAT! blend. It's a pretty powerful mix that I suspect would give muscles recent blend a damn good hiding if they were to meet in a dark alley.

Not sure yet how it will take to espresso, but I suspect it is going to give the little Gaggia something to think about when they meet in a few days.

I did have a roast planned for a special little project, but suspect this will be just the blend to use instead. More later...
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Post by: RichardM on 17/04/2012, 09:02 PM
It is more of an IN YER FACE - WAKE UP AND GET THIS DOWN YER THROAT! blend. It's a pretty powerful mix that I suspect would give muscles recent blend a damn good hiding if they were to meet in a dark alley.

Not sure yet how it will take to espresso, but I suspect it is going to give the little Gaggia something to think about when they meet in a few days.

I did have a roast planned for a special little project, but suspect this will be just the blend to use instead. More later...

Hah. Well put. I guess I take my coffee in milk, so subtlety isn't what I think of when looking at blends. Glad it worked out for you.
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Post by: Muscles on 23/04/2012, 09:44 AM
Still enjoying my Ka-Paow blend very much.
Loving Aeropress Long Blacks at work and Double Macchiato's at home  :coffee2:
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 30/04/2012, 09:53 AM
I'm still enjoying he Ethopia Guji and the Sumatra Lintong - both individually and combined hey make a sensational and aromatic blend!
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Post by: Black Shiraz on 02/05/2012, 09:40 PM
Well in the last 10 days polished off some CR Herbatzu, then decided to throw a 33% blend of MM into because I could. Interesting!  From there we have just polished off 250g of El Salvador El Finca Carmen and I roasted on 28/4 some of KK decaf - impressive, although ran into 2C quicker than I thought it would - IMPRESSIVE.  The container tonight has been topped up with a 260g of Indian Elephant Hills. Will start tasting that tomorrow.

Sitting in the cupboard from last Sat roast session is:

Ethiopian Sidamo:Sumantra blue tak 50:50 blend, for the brother inlaw (Giotto owner) but uses G Jean beans....
PNG wahgi AA for brother inlaw
MM as an SO - still needs another week.
Sumantra Gayo
Guatemala La Esperanza


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Post by: UNM on 09/05/2012, 09:36 AM
So far this week, double ristrettos are the favoured shot.
 Started the week, with tanzania tec at 8 days post roast. One DR, then a long black on DR base.

Today a DR Brazil allegre/Tiger Mt (75/25) and made number one daughter a short macchiato on DR base (she normally has single espresso shot). Served with no comment from me).  Went down well and she preferred it that way.

Edit: actually I am wondering. Is it a short macc? Approx 35 gram shot with 20-25 gram milk. how much milk is normal as ratio to coffee?
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Post by: Bean Flying on 09/05/2012, 10:09 AM
Getting into a bag of Di Bella Moderna, last couple of their blends I have had haven't done it for me but this one is going down nicely. Was a but gassy at 6 days but has settled well at 10.

Couple of Double Latte's this morning.

1kg of Seven Seeds House blend to crack later in the week still at 5 days post roast.
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Post by: Bean Flying on 13/05/2012, 06:48 PM
Very nice Rwandan Buf from MBD I 'got my Mum for mothers day'. Major self interest she had the option of pre ground Vittoria otherwise on offer ???

Apart from that getting some quite nice results out of the seven seeds blend, tiny little beans with a good percentage of Peaberry in it. Light roasted as you might expect but still decent depth of flavour all round  :thumb:
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Post by: Black Shiraz on 26/05/2012, 12:37 PM
Just hooking into some 3 week old MM :)  Followed by some Sumatran Gayo later in the week...... 
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Post by: derrilex on 30/05/2012, 09:50 AM
Trying a dark horse brew that Ive been avoiding as it was one of the first done on the hybrid. 100gm yirga/ 150gmPNG robusta/ 350 gm terranova. Pleasantly surprised. Not overly fruity which is good for me. Roasted on May 23 rd. Not sure how much of it I'll get through though as more pleasant things sit on the bench. Could be a good one to donate to the parents for their plunger  :rofl:
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Post by: UNM on 30/05/2012, 12:55 PM
just finished a bag of Peru CDS this morning.


I thought it was really nice at ten days post roast.
Daughter was not so enthusiastic, but expressed delight when I said I was going to  give her a Brazilian tomorrow.
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Post by: hiphipharrar on 30/05/2012, 01:08 PM
..but expressed delight when I said I was going to  give her a Brazilian tomorrow.
We're still talking about coffee here, I hope  ;)
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Post by: derrilex on 30/05/2012, 02:19 PM
 :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :P
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Post by: Muscles on 31/05/2012, 10:46 AM
Still enjoying my Geisha via Aeropress at work and for espresso at home I am once again loving the Java Kalistat... it never gets old.  :coffee2:
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Post by: Brett H on 31/05/2012, 04:08 PM
Still enjoying my Geisha via Aeropress at work and for espresso at home I am once again loving the Java Kalistat... it never gets old.  :coffee2:

Is there more stock of this????  I love the JK!
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Post by: Muscles on 31/05/2012, 04:41 PM
Not sure if still available to buy but I grabbed 5kg a while ago... 4.5kg to go  :thumb:
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Post by: UNM on 05/06/2012, 12:20 PM
Just finished my guatemala capetillo y annexos COE. I do have another batch resting though.

this morning I moved on to some red icatu from El Salvador that I got ages ago in a swap with bottomline. an interesting one this- initial impression was of low sweetness, but that kicked in afterwards and it made for a perfectly nice short black.
took the grinder back a couple of notches and made an aeropress long black. Seriously excellent and you could almost swear it had been sweetened with maple syrup.
more aeropress to come for this bean.


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Post by: Kelsey on 15/06/2012, 08:06 PM
When I was in the Brisbane CBD this week for the first time in years, I discovered those markets opposite the top of the Queen St Mall. Noble Coffee who pretty much seemed to be doing a single product - single origin PNG roasts in medium-dark and dark.

They had a sample out which the girl said was medium-dark so I got a couple of hundred grams on a whim. Opened it up when I got home to discover it was the lightest roast I've ever seen. Even, nice looking, but so very light that I was worried about grassy, fruity acidity and was a little worried I'd wasted my cash.

Short story - beautiful. Rich, earthy tasting and very very smooth with only a hint of the brightness that seems so common to the high-end coffee places that I've visited in Sydney and which I don't really like in abundance.

They were also selling PNG greens at $15 a kilo, so good to keep in mind for an emergency top-up. Wish I'd gotten some now.
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Post by: Bean Flying on 15/06/2012, 08:23 PM
I have been sipping on some Rwandan Mig from '3rd Crack' - Uncle Joes coffee in Brisbane.

Fairly light roast and my Espresso machine was in re plumbing mode today so a couple of very nice Siphon brews was the result. First time I have used a Siphon in 3 months I guess as most of my manual brew gear has been packed away.

Time to get off my espresso kick and back to basics I think  :)
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Post by: UNM on 17/06/2012, 11:26 AM
started with a rather nice full espresso shot of yeni navan.

Daughter1 had her usual brazilian, then daughter2 requested a coffee (usual response "it tastes like coffee dad"). Made a flat white and a straight espresso of my recent doppio tostada Malawi Nyika.

I struggle to find the right description for this one. Rank, or repulsive spring to mind. Wont be deliberately repeating this.

Anyway, it was worth trying before binning it. We'll see if she comments when she drinks hers.

RESULTS ARE IN:
I walked into living room and cup was empty. Daughter said "Can you make me another coffee dad?"

So maybe not for the bin then. Everyone has different tastes.


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Post by: derrilex on 17/06/2012, 12:41 PM

Daughter1 had her usual brazilian,


You've gotta stop saying this. Puts all sorts of impure thoughts in my head :rofl: :rofl:
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Post by: Kelsey on 17/06/2012, 05:21 PM
During the week and this weekend I've been giving 'Capricornia' a try, by Costas of Noosa.

It's an Aussie bean and was recommended to me as an espresso lover.

I don't love it.

AM knows that I have a tendency to grind a little on the fine side - this usually means an extremely restricted shot if I'm trying a new bean from a reputable roaster.

In this case the blonding started fast and the shot was a gusher. I haven't yet got the grind right for this bean.

Even so I would say it has the echo of what I like in an espresso. Almost like it might once have been rich and dark.

If I didn't know better if I'd think I was drinking supermarket beans.

Given the lack of roast date, it's probably a freshness issue or the Aussie beans themselves.

I wouldn't bother buying Costa beans again, particularly when my other two options this week were the cheaper Noble Coffee (mentioned previously and a really nice brew) or my own roasts.

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Post by: UNM on 20/06/2012, 08:48 AM
Honduras COE roasted 15th and served as a straight GOD SHOT. :coffee2: :thumb:
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Post by: derrilex on 20/06/2012, 08:52 AM
Lucky bugger. And no mention of a brazilian  :thumb: :D
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 20/06/2012, 09:41 AM
Cuba Altura with a hint of a mix of high grown beans - roasted light
As the bag is finishing, its now comming into its own.
 it's just so yummy  :P
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Post by: Lacehim on 20/06/2012, 10:56 AM
I wouldn't bother buying Costa beans again, particularly when my other two options this week were the cheaper Noble Coffee (mentioned previously and a really nice brew) or my own roasts.

I had similar issues, and I found Pioneer beans to be excellent so I stuck with them.  As you mentioned Costa don't put a roasted on date on their beans, or use bags with one way valves.  The roaster is usually going every day, but you just have to hope that they rotate their stock properly.  When I asked what the roasted on date was I got treated like I was a moron for asking.  Also I had similar issues with blonding early, probably grind related, but at the time my rocky wasn't really up to scratch either.
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Post by: Kelsey on 20/06/2012, 03:24 PM
I've been trying to get these beans working and it just isn't happening. Even on my finest setting I get a super-fast and gloppy Crema with near immediate blonding.

As AM would say tho - 2 + 2 = 5. The taste is actually quite pleasant, even at the 3/4 long volume the shots inevitably pour at. It's just not a strong flavour.

I still wouldn't bother with them again - And I'm much less critical of a local cafe using their beans that has a terrible pour. Maybe it's not them, but the beans. Still, they should know better.
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Post by: Kelsey on 20/06/2012, 04:11 PM
Nope, not when I've got one of my own roasts that's just hitting it's good timeframe. Just poured an incredible double ristretto, one of the best I've ever done.

When I can do that, why bother with anything less than awesome (from pro roasters or my own humble efforts)?
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Post by: Bottom Line on 22/06/2012, 10:13 AM
Zambia Terranova Estate AA
http://www.beangreen.com.au/product-info.php?pid189.html

Roasted to the very first sound of second crack.
6 days post roast:
Dark chocolate (the type with no milk in it) and big fat berry fruit aussie shiraz. Bloody beautiful.
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 29/06/2012, 08:45 PM
I have mixed at approx 60/40 %

Cuba Altura day old post roast 
And
PNG Waghi at approx 8 days post roast

Many chocolate notes with a dry mouth feeling at the end of the cup

KK
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Post by: Bean Flying on 30/06/2012, 09:36 AM
Yemen Bani Ismaili. About 6 days post roast. Flavour bomb  :thumb: fruits, nice sweetness and some spicey chocolatey notes.

Must go back and dial the grinder in properly for the next one, much finer still and drop the dose time. First shot was a sink, second a drinker but just 20 seconds, 3rd ....
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Post by: Black Shiraz on 30/06/2012, 12:41 PM
Yemen Bani Ismaili. About 6 days post roast. Flavour bomb  :thumb: fruits, nice sweetness and some spicey chocolatey

Drinks nicely BF, choc shines through at the end but stupid amounts of crema came through - more than MM  ???

Guji:Blue Tak blend tames the fruits but comes through nicely with the earthiness of indo beans. Wife extremely impressed as she was not a big fan of guji as a SO. Might become a household blend.

Tanzania Clouds of August, very tame in milk, mild fruits..... Need to do a few more roasts on this one but no massive wow factor for me yet.
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Post by: Bean Flying on 02/07/2012, 10:59 AM
Yemen BI, just on a week old now and starting to improve nicely smoother than when I first cracked the bag :) Still 500g or so left so I will ration it out for the next week and see how it goes.

On the first of the big batches of PNG for the rest of the day.
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Post by: UNM on 11/07/2012, 08:51 AM
Nicaragua limoncillo matagalpa. aeropress long black.
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Post by: UNM on 15/07/2012, 04:39 PM
These
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Post by: Lacehim on 15/07/2012, 04:50 PM
Just starting my 25% MM/35% PNG/40% Brazil blend.  Coming along nicely at 9days post roast.

The MM really kicks off and you get a nice caffeine hit from this one!
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Post by: C-man on 17/07/2012, 11:40 AM
I am enjoying that one too
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Post by: Bean Flying on 21/07/2012, 04:45 PM
Cracked the bag of Ministry Grounds Pre Blend I roasted last Saturday.

Cuts well through milk and if you want to cheat a little and can't or don't want to think to much about blending your own then this ones well worth a go  :thumb: I will have a proper tasting session on a clean palette spicy foods and tasting coffee don't work to well but off to a good start.
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Post by: UNM on 24/07/2012, 10:34 AM
day 2 of freezer beans today. Jeff's columbian,  been in freezer since April I think. Excellent  as short black.
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Post by: UNM on 28/07/2012, 08:47 AM
55% 45% blend Java ijen sun dried and tirgacheffe special prep. roasted 6 days ago. medium/light roast.

first shot of the bag. nice tight shot, be interesting to see how this one develops as it ages and I tinker with grind and dose.
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Post by: Bean Flying on 19/08/2012, 11:18 PM
Decaff and playing with Code :head: At least the Coffee isn't horrible unlike the other  :tearhair:
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Post by: derrilex on 20/08/2012, 06:57 AM
Decaff is hardly conducive to good coding BF :rofl: :rofl:
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 20/08/2012, 08:45 AM
Ethiopia Gambala naturals has been my cup for the last few days

KK
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Post by: Bean Flying on 20/08/2012, 11:01 AM
Ethiopia Gambala naturals has been my cup for the last few days

KK

Tried a filter roast I did of these yesterday under whelmed so far but blaming the roaster ;) Geisha for lunch :)
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Post by: WotB on 20/08/2012, 11:56 AM
Been having my Aussie stuff in various manual brews for the last week.  Marmalade anyone?
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Post by: Bean Flying on 21/08/2012, 01:47 PM
Drinking a home roast of La Pira Geisha I got from from Ministry Grounds a few weeks ago  :thumb: Roasted about a minute after FC sweet, juicy and not to acidic with a slight tannin finish.
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Post by: Bean Flying on 27/08/2012, 09:36 AM
Enjoying a small baggy of Lake Tawar Jonty dropped off last week. Roasted by MyCuppa. Tasty Caramel toffee flavours  :thumb:
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Post by: JamesM on 27/08/2012, 11:09 AM
Tanzania Blackburn Estate - Clouds of August. I roasted it Thur night gone, cupped it Friday arvo, it had some apple and orange zest, low acidity, well balanced.

Brewed an aeropress of it yesterday, apples, orange, cocoa. Quite nice!

I also brewed my first aeropress iced-coffee with some Tanzania Uru Estate. Not bad, but I need to work on it. It wasn't "amazing".
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Post by: Bottom Line on 30/08/2012, 11:51 AM
Sumatra Mandheling RFA
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Post by: mycuppa on 30/08/2012, 01:08 PM
Thanks BL.

Most Sumatrans are blended at origin, sourced from small farmers who drive into the Co-Ops with their utes and poly tarps full of freshly processed greens.

RFA Mandhelings are quite rare to come by and this one has full traceability to the farm.

Quite a nice bean that improves around day 10 - 14.

For the other folks - BL watched this one being roasted (he was perving at Joper-porn)  - it was taken a little dark and into SC given the beans were quite new and high in moisture.

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Post by: UNM on 07/09/2012, 11:29 AM
Brazil opus 1 low caffeine from bean green.

espresso roast, short short black.

just coming good - roasted 31/8.

Brazilians will never be my favourite, but this is perfectly nice.
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Post by: C-man on 10/09/2012, 05:41 PM
Enjoying a small baggy of Lake Tawar Jonty dropped off last week. Roasted by MyCuppa. Tasty Caramel toffee flavours  :thumb:

I just place an order for that one, how long post roast do I have to wait?

It will be hard to wait!
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Post by: UNM on 15/09/2012, 10:21 AM
aeropress kimmel peaberry, filter roasted 12 days ago. first crack plus 5 degrees (fc plus one min)

Interesting.
Pleasant enough but I think this bean deserves a darker roast. Chocolate just coming through, but the acidity didn't play well with it.

I prefer the filter roast tanza tec I had yesterday (marmalade, plenty of acid bite) but daughter hated that one.
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 15/09/2012, 10:03 PM
The blend I roasted on the 3rd of September is currently at its peak

The blend was roasted all together
150 gr of Yemen Bani
300 gr of Ethiopian Gambala Naturals
500 gr Columbian Andes Santa Rita

It's absolutely wonderfully gorgeous to drink
It goes down so well that you forget that it's finished and pick up an empty cup for another sip

Only one thing for it - have anothe cup

KK 
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Post by: borat123 on 15/09/2012, 10:31 PM
Accidental experiment:

I did a sidamo a while back which was unusually citrussy and acidic. I thought maybe it was mislabeled and was in reality some yirg.

Anyway, next roast of the same was done Very light, just on 1C for use as cold brew.  As luck would have it, I didn't get around to buying filter bags and didn't have anything else ready, so resorted to drinking it...  Think of the 'I just sucked on a lemon' face..

So to cut a long story short, after 1 or two lemon sucking experiences I was ready to bin it.   Bad enough as espresso, but It even tasted like it was trying to curdle the milk if you dared try it that way.

Forgot about it for 3 weeks then came back for a last try before chucking it. It was now 4weeks post roast and really nice.  Smooth, 'complex' flavours with only a hint of acidity, and all the sourness gone!
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Post by: Brett H on 16/09/2012, 08:58 AM
Accidental experiment:

I did a sidamo a while back which was unusually citrussy and acidic. I thought maybe it was mislabeled and was in reality some yirg.

Anyway, next roast of the same was done Very light, just on 1C for use as cold brew.  As luck would have it, I didn't get around to buying filter bags and didn't have anything else ready, so resorted to drinking it...  Think of the 'I just sucked on a lemon' face..

So to cut a long story short, after 1 or two lemon sucking experiences I was ready to bin it.   Bad enough as espresso, but It even tasted like it was trying to curdle the milk if you dared try it that way.

Forgot about it for 3 weeks then came back for a last try before chucking it. It was now 4weeks post roast and really nice.  Smooth, 'complex' flavours with only a hint of acidity, and all the sourness gone!

Very interesting mate!  I'm not a fan of this style, 'if I want a lemon, Ill buy a lemon' but it does sound intriguing.  Worth a try when I do my next cold press.  Thanks for sharing mate!

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Post by: hiphipharrar on 16/09/2012, 09:45 AM

Forgot about it for 3 weeks then came back for a last try before chucking it. It was now 4weeks post roast and really nice.  Smooth, 'complex' flavours with only a hint of acidity, and all the sourness gone!

I'm finding this quite often with light roasts. Drink it inside 2 weeks and it tastes wrong. Check again after 3 or more weeks - mmm. Especially with Yemeni and Ethiopian beans.
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 16/09/2012, 10:02 AM
The roast level of coffee in relation to the cracks, are closely related to the ideal water temperature of ones espresso machine, that's is approx 89 - 93 degrees Celsius, and infusion time
The main reason a light roasts don't do well in an espresso machine is the steep or pre-infusion time

The short brew/extraction time is not long enough to remove all the oils
In essence you are brewing a section of the flavour oils and leaving the other flavour oils behind resulting in what you have experienced in the cup


If the 2 processes e.g. Roasting / Brewing do not match then adjustments need to be made
In your case it's extra time for the oils to develop

In other cases it's a different brew method that will bring out the best in a light roast e.g. Syphon with its longer steep time

KK
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Post by: Brett H on 16/09/2012, 10:45 AM
The roast level of coffee in relation to the cracks, are closely related to the ideal water temperature of ones espresso machine, that's is approx 89 - 93 degrees Celsius, and infusion time
The main reason a light roasts don't do well in an espresso machine is the steep or pre-infusion time

The short brew/extraction time is not long enough to remove all the oils
In essence you are brewing a section of the flavour oils and leaving the other flavour oils behind resulting in what you have experienced in the cup


If the 2 processes e.g. Roasting / Brewing do not match then adjustments need to be made
In your case it's extra time for the oils to develop

In other cases it's a different brew method that will bring out the best in a light roast e.g. Syphon with its longer steep time

KK

Wow, what an interesting observation.   :thumb:  One I've tasted but never considered why.  What do you reckon KK about roast level and temperature?  Is it ligher and higher, darker and lower?  I did a really dark roast of funky arabica and robusta then extracted at 95degC.  I was mimicking a nespresso experience for a mate who who liked that style and taste and the result was actually okay.  Far better than the nespresso version and an interesting experiment.  The best bit about the experiment however was turning down my machine's temperature, using normal beans and returning to coffee nirvana.
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Post by: C-man on 16/09/2012, 02:21 PM
Wow, what an interesting observation.   :thumb:  One I've tasted but never considered why.  What do you reckon KK about roast level and temperature?  Is it ligher and higher, darker and lower?  I did a really dark roast of funky arabica and robusta then extracted at 95degC.  I was mimicking a nespresso experience for a mate who who liked that style and taste and the result was actually okay.  Far better than the nespresso version and an interesting experiment.  The best bit about the experiment however was turning down my machine's temperature, using normal beans and returning to coffee nirvana.

I am interested in that too, I think it is called bean profiling?  I did find that my Mex decaf likes a lower temp.

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Post by: Bean Flying on 16/09/2012, 02:26 PM
Some of the above is worthy of it's own thread rather than here ;)

Similar story of sorts. I purchased a bag of as someone on chat yesterday described it as 'Hipster coffee' clearly way below SC and closer to what I would roast for filter or siphon. Photo below is of this one, a filter roast of mine and an espresso roast at SC. The SC one is simple enough to sort out but of the other two one of which is around 20 seconds past the end of FC would be a coin toss.

Net result was sour and citrus/juicy as a milk base which is plain WRONG IMO. Today's brew is a slightly high temp siphon (93-94) lovely.

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Post by: C-man on 16/09/2012, 02:42 PM
Enjoying a small baggy of Lake Tawar Jonty dropped off last week. Roasted by MyCuppa. Tasty Caramel toffee flavours  :thumb:

only 2 more days and I can start drinking mine!
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Post by: Bean Flying on 17/09/2012, 05:32 PM
Out for lunch today to a cafe in town that has recently changed hands. Now running Toby's estate Wooly blend rather than a really average contract roast the former owners used. Hired one of the better Barista's in town and well I actually lined up for a second one.

2  :thumb: up for Bella Claire and Michelle.
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Post by: UNM on 20/09/2012, 09:00 AM
Columbia excelso as a short black, now that I have suitably aged beans again
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Post by: C-man on 20/09/2012, 01:44 PM
I am drinking the Sumatran Lake Tawar and it is good and getting better each day, still early days
roasted 10/9 from Mycuppa

I also got the Berry Apocalypse same roast date, but can't seem to dial that one in at all yet, I suspect it needs more time.

I also have some Ethiopian roasted 5/9 from Pioneer that is pouring OK just got it.

And a Mocha java blend 10/9 not ready yet also from Pioneer,  I tasted this one before and it is like a Blueberry cheesecake in milk.

I also still have the Nicaragua Matagalpa that I have let rest some more, starting to smell like MM or just wrong?

And some Eth. Djimmah and some Mexican Fina that smell wrong too.

Seems the only thing drinking good now is the Sumatran and the Mex Decaff
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Post by: Black Shiraz on 21/09/2012, 12:58 PM
Had a lovely PNG Kimel peaberry for lunch today as a double ristretto latte and some caramel slice... nom nom
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Post by: texx on 21/09/2012, 05:53 PM
been drinking "colombian bachue supremo " from beangreen for quite a while now . in fact i have to order some more greens on monday .
also in the small grinder been alternating between "El Salvador Finca El Carmen " and "Guatemalan Antigua Los Volcanes " and liking those too.
johno
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Post by: derrilex on 21/09/2012, 09:22 PM
Did 700 gm blend today. 350 COE and 350 Mt Elgon.
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Post by: UNM on 28/09/2012, 07:21 AM
Zambian terranova a/x (bean green special). Roasted 23/9 for espresso so currently 6 days post roast.

initial impression yesterday - short short black was lacking in body and somewhat characterless but did have good acidity. Had an aeropress today and it was overly punchy and sweet.

followed up with a short black (faster pour than yesterday)  and better but still very light body and lacking in complexity.
Will see how it ages as an espresso and try a light filter roast to see if I can reach a happy balance.

Always nice to try something new.

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Post by: Seeya Latte on 28/09/2012, 02:30 PM
Swuueet (roasted) from Jeff at MyCuppa

I enjoyed it most at 6 days post roast

Next order I want to try his Espresso blend.
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Post by: C-man on 29/09/2012, 11:25 AM
I got the Lake Tawar Indo from My cuppa

excellent! just as he described it, loving it!

But the "Barry Apocolipce"  I can't seem to dial it in.

any hints on that one? 
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Post by: Bean Flying on 05/10/2012, 09:58 AM
Hipster Style Filter roast (just over FC) of some Rwandan COE from Ministry Grounds.

3 weeks old and trying it as an Long Black still getting a nice juiciness from it but certainly better as a Syphon.
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Post by: Lwowiak on 14/10/2012, 12:47 PM
Monsoon Malabar. Rested for 30 days, then tried every couple of days. Just finished the last of it, 44 days post roast. Drunk as a tight double ristretto. Still lots of crema, and a beautiful mild buttery mouthfeel. This one just kept getting smoother as it aged.
Will be adding (14-21 day aged) MM to blends post roast from now on.
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Post by: Fresh Coffee on 14/10/2012, 07:07 PM
Washed Yirg Gr2, roasted Thursday arvo. Developing nicely.
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Post by: mycuppa on 14/10/2012, 07:13 PM
Ha - c'mon A. - have you been reading too many forum posts lately ? :laugh:

What happened to wait 7+
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Post by: Fresh Coffee on 14/10/2012, 10:45 PM
sssshhhhhhhh.....dont give away too much information! You know we have different rules for different situations  ;D  ;D  ;D
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Post by: UNM on 16/10/2012, 10:11 AM
Indian surprise from mycuppa as a short black. About two weeks old. Jury is out on this one. It is well roasted and an interesting coffee, but I am not yet sure it works for me as well as some others, certainly is not suited to the aeropress and I am still trying to get the best short black I can from it. Sweet and full bodied.

Last of the CS Costa Rica San Isidro as short black. Daughter likes this one, but there will be no more.
PNG Kimmel peaberry as an aeropress long black. One week old. First try with this as SO and quite impressed.
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 16/10/2012, 10:28 AM
At this early stage of 3 days rest
The blend I roasted is supremely nice

Roasted to start of second crack and slightly lighter than normal

400 gr of Brazil Monte Alegre Estate Premium
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Post by: C-man on 16/10/2012, 07:03 PM
I talked katie over a Poineer into selling me some Hondoures COE

loving it!
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Post by: Brett H on 16/10/2012, 10:12 PM
I am drinking some Campos Dark City after a fabulous breakfast there on Sunday.  Interesting, smells great!!!

Their notes: Strong, Dark and Handsome. A Colombian based blend of our more central palate, full bodied coffees including Mexican, Indian, and Sumatran. Another rich blend, but more on the cocoa side of the flavour wheel and roasted a touch darker than our usual Northern Italian style roast. Bold but Smooth; Strong and not Bitter.

The picture: (http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r560/BrettBasso/F252BEC4-CB1B-4EA0-AD99-35B18E3D9FC5-2267-0000015C5A29DCCA.jpg)
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Post by: C-man on 17/10/2012, 06:55 PM
Looks yummy!
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Post by: Kelsey on 17/10/2012, 09:14 PM
Sounds like a coffee I'd enjoy!
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Post by: UNM on 19/10/2012, 09:37 AM
Started day with an aeropress long black of Peru Ceja De Selva roasted by crema member erics on the 13th.

Nice peppery finish. A noticeable improvement on the first roast Eric. :thumb: :coffee2:

Followed up with a short black for me and daughter, pulled on the little gaggia. Bit fast, so the pours I did last night on the Azkoyen were not poor technique - it really does need a finer grind or updosing to slow the pour. Still very pleasant. Thanks for the beans Eric.

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Post by: EricS on 20/10/2012, 02:05 AM
The pleasure was mine, Ewan.

I on the other hand just tried the Indian Surprise you gave me last night. I really enjoyed it. My palate still needs some training to identify the notes but I actually like the taste.

I've probably had too much coffee today:
- mycuppa's Costa Rica Terazzu (DOTA) in the morning at work (is it Terazzu or Tarazzu or are they the same?)
- Ewan's PNG in the afternoon
- A tasting session with a friend on the following:
- Costa Rica Tarazzu which we've roasted on the 14th
- Peru CdS which we've roasted on the 13th
- Indian Surprise given to us by Ewan

Man I'm so awake now...
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Post by: UNM on 20/10/2012, 09:02 AM
Two Indian surprises for me to start the day. Shots pulled on the Azkoyen.
Completely different drink to the ones from the  Gaggia.


Not as cloyingly sweet, slight spiciness. I am pretty sure the shot is a good few degrees cooler, still  learning the new machine
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Post by: Brett H on 20/10/2012, 10:16 AM
Washed Yirg Gr2, roasted Thursday arvo. Developing nicely.
This was just too easy to pick up the phone and PRESTO, next day... YUMMY.  This is just so fragrant and soft with underlying cocoa and just enough lemon-blossom in the flavours.  Brilliant, best Yirg ever!!! My home roasting now has a new benchmark!!!  :coffee2:

(http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r560/BrettBasso/6790AE99-2B66-40E5-B0D5-958D3CF1959A-2267-0000018A25FA0969.jpg)

Thank you Fresh Coffee, 2012 has been a tough year but wonderful indulgences like this refresh the soul.
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Post by: C-man on 20/10/2012, 06:47 PM
I just scored a KG of the beans Katie from Pioneer roasters is using for this years "Golden Bean"

It is a Honduras COE

bloody good too!
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Post by: GaryatGala on 20/10/2012, 06:57 PM
Jumped into the dark side and seemingly enjoying a large mocha frappe.

Ice, double shot espresso, melted chocolate, dash of milk, generous 2 scoops frappe powder.
Blended, and topped with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles and a couple of coffee beans on top.

Woohoo.  >:D     Aarggh! Brain freeze  :doh:
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Post by: C-man on 20/10/2012, 07:08 PM
they do a great blended Ice coffee in Bali

best thing ever on a hot sleepy day!
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Post by: mycuppa on 20/10/2012, 08:42 PM
I just scored a KG of the beans Katie from Pioneer roasters is using for this years "Golden Bean"

It is a Honduras COE

bloody good too!


One of my pet gripes about the event rules - last year we saw quite a few COE coffees entered and I bet this year there are bound to be a lot more.

Whilst I do not wish to speak negatively towards any particular contestants, it's my personal opinion that submitting COE coffees really does not provide an accurate indicator of a roasting company's products when such tiny volumes of those coffees are available and will be only used for the event.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to regulate.

I have 4 different COE coffees in my stocks, but I did not submit them because they are not available to the public to purchase and are used purely for a Private label customer only.

Rant aside, I really do wish everyone who entered the best of luck as it is without doubt the closest thing to the Olympics in coffee.
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Post by: C-man on 20/10/2012, 08:50 PM

One of my pet gripes about the event rules - last year we saw quite a few COE coffees entered and I bet this year there are bound to be a lot more.

Whilst I do not wish to speak negatively towards any particular contestants, it's my personal opinion that submitting COE coffees really does not provide an accurate indicator of a roasting company's products when such tiny volumes of those coffees are available and will be only used for the event.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to regulate.

I have 4 different COE coffees in my stocks, but I did not submit them because they are not available to the public to purchase and are used purely for a Private label customer only.

Rant aside, I really do wish everyone who entered the best of luck as it is without doubt the closest thing to the Olympics in coffee.

So true, she does not usually have it there for sale.
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Post by: Fresh Coffee on 20/10/2012, 08:59 PM
.....One of my pet gripes about the event rules - last year we saw quite a few COE coffees entered and I bet this year there are bound to be a lot more.

Whilst I do not wish to speak negatively towards any particular contestants, it's my personal opinion that submitting COE coffees really does not provide an accurate indicator of a roasting company's products when such tiny volumes of those coffees are available and will be only used for the event........

+1.  I could expand, but its probably better not to.......

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Post by: UNM on 20/10/2012, 10:06 PM
Just cracked open my two week old  MM blend  (http://www.bestcafes.com.au/forum/beans-or-blends-you-like-and-how-they-taste/what-coffee-are-you-roasting-this-week/600/?msg=33019)and had a post dinner aeropress tonight.

Interesting,  pleasant, a seriously powerful coffee. Spice, tobacco, strong roast flavours. Not my usual style, but good for a change. I think it would suit some of those that regularly roast dark espresso roasts for milk based drinks.

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Post by: UNM on 20/10/2012, 10:42 PM
+1.  I could expand, but its probably better not to.......

So far as I can tell you were involved in judging the competition so yes, probably best not to comment further.

Not that COE coffees guarantee 'better' results than non COEs, but that is a different discussion that crops up now and again in other threads anyway.
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Post by: C-man on 21/10/2012, 11:06 AM
I agree, there should be some kind of level playing field in the comps.
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Post by: GaryatGala on 21/10/2012, 11:36 AM
they do a great blended Ice coffee in Bali

best thing ever on a hot sleepy day!

I think i can improve on that speaking as an ex south east asian, now a son of a gunized chinese malay australian adopted aboriginal. Take the same recipe and put in a spoonful of condensed milk and a extra shot of coffee, then blend. It's not a asian ice coffee without condensed milk as part of the recipe i reckon ehh?  :thumb:

My next pet project will be to create a coffee addicts version of the chendol, which is normally an south east asian drink of green jelly worms, red beans, young coconut as well as coconut cream blended in shaving ice normally used in ice kachang.
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Post by: EricS on 21/10/2012, 06:41 PM
A little more experimental this weekend:

I've tried a blend of:
- Costa Rica Tarazzu + Peru Ceja de Selva

Weighing scale probably not accurate enough to measure small quantities so I did 1:1 in volume using a shot glass, and mixed them in a bowl. I'd imagine that there would be more Costa Rice in there as the beans are generally smaller. A very interesting taste indeed. More acidic and heavier in body as compared to just having the Costa Rica Tarazzu by itself.
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Post by: Bean Flying on 22/10/2012, 12:56 PM
Having Mysore Nuggets strangely apt although not a euphemism at all after 100km on the bike yesterday :angel:

Roasted a week ago and will be better in a few more days I reckon.
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Post by: Kelsey on 23/10/2012, 08:16 AM
I recently roasted a blend of Columbian Bauche, Kuda Mas and MM.

My wife is ecstatic about this in milk and I've had a glowing compliment from a friend whom I supply with beans. She particularly loves the crema (that'll be the MM).

I'm not as fussed as espresso. It's fine, but lacks the body/flavour I'm after, but I suspect I could get better out of it by dropping the temp on the Bezzera's PID.
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Post by: Lacehim on 30/10/2012, 11:17 AM
I got caught short and bought a bag of Guatemala beans from Pioneer Roastery Yandina at the weekend.

Very nice as espresso, but get lost in milk I feel.

I find Pioneers beans to be one of the most consistent roasts on the coast if I ever need to buy roasted, I head there. :)
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Post by: C-man on 02/11/2012, 07:17 AM
I agree-

Pioneer has the best beans out of the 5 roasters we have up here IMO

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Post by: borat123 on 13/11/2012, 11:13 PM
Sri Lankan floor sweeping mix.  Surprisingly good, rich and sweet with plenty of body. It worked well in milk both as a mac and latte.

Nice too as an espresso; it has a kind of 'dry' feel which I couldn't put a name to.
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 13/11/2012, 11:25 PM
Sri Lankan floor sweeping mix.  Surprisingly good, rich and sweet with plenty of body. It worked well in milk both as a mac and latte.

Nice too as an espresso; it has a kind of 'dry' feel which I couldn't put a name to.

The dry feel ? It's called desert storm and its trying to suck your mouth dry

KK
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Post by: galumay on 14/11/2012, 06:28 PM
I am enjoying the Rwandan Inzovu Co-op from beangreen, I roasted up a few kilos in my blend and also did some as a SO, its drinking very nicely at about a week post roast.
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Post by: borat123 on 14/11/2012, 07:35 PM
The dry feel ? It's called desert storm and its trying to suck your mouth dry

KK

Ha ha ;). I think astringent was the description I was looking for...

As an espresso it had a distinct 'tea' flavour, which was not unpleasant; just surprising and kind of hard to describe.
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Post by: borat123 on 14/11/2012, 07:37 PM
Maybe even hints of sweet tobacco too.
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Post by: Bean Flying on 24/11/2012, 03:41 PM
Finished off the last of a Honduran and Guatemalan COE roasts in the last few days. Don't tell anyone but the Honduran was the better of the two ;)

Also just finished off some Monsooned Malabar at between 4 and 5 weeks old. Lovely and smooth and better than at week 3 but a bit.

This afternoons is one of a number of blow ins to taste this week. Contract roasted Ethiopian Blend, fairly dark roast but nice as an Espresso and coming through the milk really well.
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Post by: mycuppa on 24/11/2012, 03:46 PM
Finished off the last of a Honduran and Guatemalan COE roasts in the last few days. Don't tell anyone but the Honduran was the better of the two ;)



I agree.
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Post by: mycuppa on 24/11/2012, 04:02 PM
This week - all limited microlots.

Ethiopian Limu - less than 9 ton of this stunning microlot was brought into Oz. We only came across it 3 weeks ago and picked up the last 2 ton available. Limu provides a more consistent, reliable blender compared to the high variability you can experience with different lots of Sidamo's and Yirga's. This one has a beautiful lemon crush acidity that works very well in a blend, is super smooth and you can easy taste the inherent cup quality. It's actually quite a shame to blend this coffee as it stands alone well in Single Origin format. One of the more reliable tell-tale signs of quality Ethiopian coffees is when they ship them in grain-pro protectors.

El Salvador El- Angel. A previous place getter in the 2006 COE and a wonderfully prepared bean. Just a small amount was brought in by the broker and we have churned through 2 ton in the last 9 weeks. The Santa Elena and Vista Bella are also well prepared and we are running the La Providentia pulped natural in select cafes.

Sumatra Wahana Estate Natural. This is an expensive bean due to the majority of Sumatran coffees being wet-hulled, a natural is rare indeed. One word - MIDORI in a cup.

The Burundi Mirango Lot #1 continues to be a fave - think sidamo with a wonderfully complex treacle finish.




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Post by: Brett H on 24/11/2012, 05:45 PM
This week - all limited microlots.

Ethiopian Limu - less than 9 ton of this stunning microlot was brought into Oz. We only came across it 3 weeks ago and picked up the last 2 ton available. Limu provides a more consistent, reliable blender compared to the high variability you can experience with different lots of Sidamo's and Yirga's. This one has a beautiful lemon crush acidity that works very well in a blend, is super smooth and you can easy taste the inherent cup quality. It's actually quite a shame to blend this coffee as it stands alone well in Single Origin format. One of the more reliable tell-tale signs of quality Ethiopian coffees is when they ship them in grain-pro protectors.

El Salvador El- Angel. A previous place getter in the 2006 COE and a wonderfully prepared bean. Just a small amount was brought in by the broker and we have churned through 2 ton in the last 9 weeks. The Santa Elena and Vista Bella are also well prepared and we are running the La Providentia pulped natural in select cafes.

Sumatra Wahana Estate Natural. This is an expensive bean due to the majority of Sumatran coffees being wet-hulled, a natural is rare indeed. One word - MIDORI in a cup.

The Burundi Mirango Lot #1 continues to be a fave - think sidamo with a wonderfully complex treacle finish.

A great read thanks and very motivating... so many great beans as yet unexplored.  For any who are wondrring, YES, drawing Jeff on the bean swap was the absolute coffee experience 2012!
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Post by: UNM on 27/11/2012, 09:03 AM
Started the day with a long black PNG  Kimmel peaberry roasted 22nd. Quite a departure from my normal routine as I  usually  have a straight  espresso. For a first attempt with new beans it came out remarkably well.

Faster pour than the Brazil dulce I have been drinking recently. These pea beans take some work to grind - an extra second or so for a double  shot.

Very pleasant in the cup, not as cloyingly sweet. I was probably ready for a change.
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Post by: UNM on 21/12/2012, 08:52 AM
Brazil Ipanema dulce, as an aeropress long black, then a ristretto. roast was darker than my usual. Beautiful ristretto pour, but lacking complexity in the cup. Will probably use the rest in grinder blends.

very easy bean to roast though.
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Post by: UNM on 28/12/2012, 10:03 AM
PNG Kimmel pea berry. Never been able to get a fine enough grind with these beans before, best I used to manage was a slightly fast espresso shot.

New burrs allowed me to get 33 mils in 30 seconds. Nice rich chocolate and a good  bite to it.

Think I shall roast some more now I can get ristretto shots out of these beans.

Must also try Turkish again
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Post by: UNM on 30/01/2013, 10:18 AM
Harfusa. Siphon. 90 second steep time. Definitely improving thanks to James M suggestion of add coffee once water is all up top.

Minor hiccup as I forgot to attach filter  spring today  :doh: so grit in lower chamber and post filtered with the neru sock. Keeping my eyes open for a cona.

Siphon is just so much better than any other brew method if you are in the right mood.
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Post by: admin on 05/02/2013, 07:50 AM
some beautifully roasted Yirgacheffe, courtesy Mark [3rd Crack] and Uncle Joe's Coffee
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 06/02/2013, 08:41 PM
I'm drinking some Guatemala Antiqua and some El Salvador La Concordia at the moment both devine !
 
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Post by: Seeya Latte on 17/02/2013, 05:36 PM
     Peru Fundo Santa Martha
     Guatemalan Antigua Los Volcanes
     Indonesian Sulawesi Toraja Kalosi

I really like how it come up as an espresso
Be adding this to ESP only list
Maybe needs something else to make it better in milk , I felt it got a bit lost in milk
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Post by: WiredArabica on 18/02/2013, 07:13 PM
Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Trabocca FTO Specialty.
Started at 8 days post roast.  Very drinkable as a long black but seems to shine as espresso.  My favorite SO Yirg so far, not that I've tried all that many...

Finished a KJM blend last week-
Peru
Guatemala Huehuetenango FTO
Ethiopia Harar FTO
Sumatra Dolok

This developed a really intense Marzipan note that I've not come across before and can't quite figure out where it came from, Vanilla too.  Very enjoyable.
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Post by: C-man on 19/02/2013, 10:05 AM
I had my first try of Yemen from GB this morning

very surprised how the shot tasted, super soft and smooth and was good after milk too

only about 4 days post roast, I don't know how to describe it. just good.
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Post by: Brett H on 19/02/2013, 06:18 PM
I had my first try of Yemen from GB this morning

very surprised how the shot tasted, super soft and smooth and was good after milk too

only about 4 days post roast, I don't know how to describe it. just good.

I've never had this one!  Thanks for the description... It will be in my next order  :thumb:
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Post by: C-man on 20/02/2013, 09:31 PM
lots of crema and so far Nutty and Fruity but i can't make out the fruit yet.

Hows that Yirgy going Brett?

If there is any left from the first roast it should be tasty by now
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Post by: Brett H on 20/02/2013, 11:06 PM
lots of crema and so far Nutty and Fruity but i can't make out the fruit yet.

Hows that Yirgy going Brett?

If there is any left from the first roast it should be tasty by now

There's just a bit or he plunger at work and the espresso at home.  It's an absolute treat this stuff.  I roasted some or a mate and he bought an empty packet back to me in record time begging for more!  I may have to charge him something because at this rate he'll drink it faster than I will. 
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Post by: shape_shifter on 24/02/2013, 08:36 PM
I'm drinking Brett's Yirg (love when you buy jewellery and you get coffee as well ;D ) as a black, so so easy to drink, no sugar.

I'm also drinking James' blend from C-man's thread.  I can finally say I can successfully roast a blend (even if it's someone elses), chocolate all the way and a sweet after taste.
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Post by: C-man on 25/02/2013, 08:15 AM
I am drinking James blend too, really nice

I am also making other blends and the MM is coming on now going into most of them


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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 26/02/2013, 10:10 AM
Just finished a 50 / 50 blend of
PNG Kimel and Ethiopian Limu

Given a good rest period it shines at day 8 +
Very thick creamy mouth feel with mild chocolate

Next roast blend is
Ethiopian Limu with Sumatra Wahana Naturals

KK
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Post by: C-man on 27/02/2013, 09:41 AM
that sounds good KK
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 28/02/2013, 09:32 PM


Next roast blend is
Ethiopian Limu with Sumatra Wahana Naturals

KK

Started this blend yesterday
Holy moly this blend is wonderfully nice
So balanced , so silky to the pallet

Wonderful chocolate notes without being overpowering

Wife has also given it her seal of approval

KK
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Post by: borat123 on 03/03/2013, 01:08 AM
That wahana is great stuff. Anyone tried blending MM with it?
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Post by: C-man on 03/03/2013, 12:01 PM
I think MM would blend with anything and add a nice buttery effect.
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Post by: C-man on 10/03/2013, 01:12 PM
I just tasted the Rwanda COE by BG

delicious,Fruity and full of unusual flavors,  really stands out as something different.

Highly recommended and at a good price too.
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Post by: Brett H on 10/03/2013, 03:58 PM
I just tasted the Rwanda COE by BG

delicious,Fruity and full of unusual flavors,  really stands out as something different.

Highly recommended and at a good price too.

Right, getting some now!!
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Post by: borat123 on 13/03/2013, 09:52 PM
MM 23 days post roast.  Still loads of body; a thick creamy pour with more striping than you could poke a stick at...

There is also a few hundred grams of wahana left, at the same age. 

I might try them together as a blend.

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Post by: The Tempest on 15/03/2013, 08:59 AM
Ethiopia Wote Konga and it's gorgeous.
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 15/03/2013, 09:29 AM
Ethiopia Wote Konga and it's gorgeous.

First time I have heard of this bean
But it's got my curiosity peaked  :thumb:
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Post by: hiphipharrar on 15/03/2013, 10:02 AM
It's another from the Yirgacheffe area.
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 15/03/2013, 11:08 AM
It's another from the Yirgacheffe area.

Thanks for that  :thumb:

KK
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Post by: Seeya Latte on 24/03/2013, 03:51 PM
Ethiopian Guji Sidamo OCR
Guatemalan  Antigua Los Volcanes
50-50

Had roasted just into 2C for plunger (i know i maybe should have pulled it a bit earlier) but got curious and to my surprise worked out ok for both ESP and MILK

8 day post roast

Something to build on maybe by throwing something else in the mix next time
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 24/03/2013, 04:03 PM
Just roasting a sample 1 kg bag to trial ? On the KKTO

600 grams of Zimbabwe AB FAQ
This bean is clean and very small almost pea berry in size

KK


The quote above on the roast and now a report on it

This bean is unlike any African I have tasted
It's very balanced in flavour - I would go as far as to say that it's tastes like a great blend

Just the right amount of flavour and a hint of sweetness with milk based coffee

Also Derillex has gifted me some roasted samples of
Panama COE and Indian ( I think Tiger Mountain )

KK

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Post by: UNM on 26/03/2013, 09:25 AM
Bag end blend. Very nice actually.
Dark roast (for me) - second crack plus 30 sec.
140gram brazil Ipanema Dulce
70gram Harrar
40gram Bukit Marante

7 days post roast
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Post by: C-man on 26/03/2013, 07:06 PM
Right, getting some now!!

Tried it yet Brett?
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Post by: Brett H on 26/03/2013, 09:24 PM
Tried it yet Brett?

Not yet mate... A holiday treat!
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 28/03/2013, 03:57 PM
Derrilex and I had the El Salvadore Finca Alaska @ 3 days post roast

This is a beautiful well rounded bean, tastes like a chocolate Colombian

May need a little more rest ?

KK
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Post by: UNM on 28/03/2013, 04:45 PM
My Alaska is still resting.

Today was the Costa Rica Jaguar. At the moment, this is my favorite. Absolutely stunning in the siphon.
If you want to try it as espresso, you can get it ready  roasted  (http://www.mycuppa.com.au/Costa-Rica-Jaguar/)

Had an espresso of the bag end blend later - nice, but not a patch on the Jaguar.
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Post by: UNM on 31/03/2013, 11:09 AM
El Salvador finca Alaska today. roasted Tuesday

Not getting bergamot, but definite citrus, though not too acidic.  A touch of pepper too methinks.

Another seriously nice siphon coffee, convenient as the costa rica is just finished.




edit - nice nutty aftertaste too
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Post by: UNM on 04/04/2013, 06:05 PM
I don't usually do sink shots, but today was an exception.
Brazil Pedra Redonda. Roasted Sunday  on the 1kg CCR.

Third shot was a keeper, extremely tight ristretto. OK but not inspiring.

Not sure if it is the roast, the age, the extraction, the beans (never had them before) or a combination.

More research required and I shall ask my daughter for her opinion as she generally likes Brazilians. Got plenty to experiment with anyway



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Post by: Brett H on 04/04/2013, 11:18 PM
I don't usually do sink shots, but today was an exception.
Brazil Pedra Redonda. Roasted Sunday  on the 1kg CCR.

Third shot was a keeper, extremely tight ristretto. OK but not inspiring.

Not sure if it is the roast, the age, the extraction, the beans (never had them before) or a combination.

More research required and I shall ask my daughter for her opinion as she generally likes Brazilians. Got plenty to experiment with anyway

Sorry... Did I miss something??  When did you get a CCR??  I've been busy admittedly but...
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Post by: UNM on 05/04/2013, 08:59 AM
Glad you are paying attention Brett!

I don't have a CCR. Visited Chris (sholayer) and he was kind enough to demo roast a batch.

Much better results today. Quite an enjoyable sorry black actually. Sweet, hints of fruit (cherry?), still lacking body though.
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Post by: Brett H on 05/04/2013, 09:46 AM
Glad you are paying attention Brett!

I don't have a CCR. Visited Chris (sholayer) and he was kind enough to demo roast a batch.

Much better results today. Quite an enjoyable sorry black actually. Sweet, hints of fruit (cherry?), still lacking body though.

At the moment I'm drinking Rwandan Buf Remera... yummy.  It must be the coffee that helps me to focus on CCR roasters and alike!  Now, has anyone seen my car keys?
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Post by: UNM on 05/04/2013, 01:21 PM
Now, has anyone seen my car keys?

I can help.

 They will be in the last place you look.
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 07/04/2013, 10:40 AM
Drinking part of the Easter roast on the KKTO of Brazil Pedra Redonda ( Catuai pulped natural )

This bean is a chocolate bomb in milk coffee @ 7 days post roast
Simply wonderful and the family agree that it's nice to drink and once you look down its all gone and want more

KK
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Post by: UNM on 07/04/2013, 10:58 AM
finally, got an excellent shot of the redondo at 7 days post roast. Rich and creamy.

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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 07/04/2013, 02:15 PM
I'm on the Honduras cup of excellence lt 15 at the mo approximately ten days post roast, it's strong and sweet as an espresso with caramel and poached pear aromas which follow through on a creme br
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Post by: C-man on 08/04/2013, 03:01 PM
Don Jose Costa Rica from Clandistino roasters

very nice!
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 16/04/2013, 09:44 PM
Roasted on the KKTO on the 7-4-2013

700 grams of Rwanda Musasa ( Red Bourbon Washed )
Roasted to first snaps of second crack

At 9 days post roast this coffee is just WOW WOW WOW
So well balanced with all the flavours separated on the pallet
Lovely chocolate tones dominate just the way I like it

KK
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Post by: Bottom Line on 18/04/2013, 09:21 AM
Kenya Tekangu Karagoto

Roasted to just before second crack.

Tastes like beautiful toast dripping with honey.... yummmmmmm!
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 19/04/2013, 11:57 PM
I'm on the El Salvador La Concordia at the moment - brick red in colour and velvety smooth, with silky apply, cinnamon, and spice aromas on a white pepper and cardamon infused palate ...
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Post by: bcspark on 15/05/2013, 01:28 PM
We at home are drinking The Panama Los LaJones a beautiful smooth well bodied ,mild acidic fruity chocolaty so.O n the menu next is theThailand ChiangMai a veritable chocalate bomb.   
 bcspark

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Post by: Brett H on 15/05/2013, 04:01 PM
We at home are drinking The Panama Los LaJones a beautiful smooth well bodied ,mild acidic fruity chocolaty so.O n the menu next is theThailand ChiangMai a veritable chocalate bomb.   
 bcspark

Nice mate!  Where did you get those??
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Post by: bcspark on 16/05/2013, 07:56 AM
Brett H I purchase greens from CS, Bean Green and Ministry Grounds . The last has the best selection of micro lot offerings
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: EricS on 19/05/2013, 02:32 PM
Pulled 2 shots (using a double basket) differently for the Indian Monsooned Malabar (only rested for 7 days):

It's amazing they taste so differently. The under extracted shot was quite pleasant to drink but the 'fully extracted' 30sec/60ml shot had so much 'bite' in it - an interesting bean indeed.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 19/05/2013, 02:56 PM
Currently drinking the Guatemala Finca Santa Clara 
This SO is so nice with a strong but not overpowering flavour presence

KK
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Bottom Line on 22/05/2013, 08:41 AM
Limu Kossa
http://www.beangreen.com.au/product-info.php?pid145.html
Fairly heavy heat to first crack. Pulled just on second crack.

Sipped away...nothing and then 20 seconds later... sweet scones, cream and thick sweet orange/tangerine marmalade. Still taste and smell it 5 minute after. God damn nice!
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: UNM on 24/05/2013, 09:32 AM
This morning I tried a black eye.

Zambian terranova blended with Indian Attican cauvery sundried for the espresso, Finca Alaska for the pourover.

Different. The jury is still out on this one.  May try different beans to see if it works better as I don't think these two  really complement each other.

A robusta brewed in Vietnamese dripper might go better with the Zambia/india espresso, or perhaps a Brazilian espresso with Costa Rica pour over.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Brett H on 25/05/2013, 11:16 PM
A what?? I had to look this up.  A double shot of espresso (red eye is a single) poured into a drip-filtered cup of coffee.  My initial reaction is one of horror and outrage but an idea stirs.  YES, an idea....

BLURG... What am I thinking.... idea eh.... >:D
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Post by: C-man on 26/05/2013, 03:04 PM
Limu Kossa
http://www.beangreen.com.au/product-info.php?pid145.html
Fairly heavy heat to first crack. Pulled just on second crack.

Sipped away...nothing and then 20 seconds later... sweet scones, cream and thick sweet orange/tangerine marmalade. Still taste and smell it 5 minute after. God damn nice!

I will have to remember that one.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Black Shiraz on 26/05/2013, 04:19 PM
Well I have to pen this down....

It was a loose ends of some bachue with some Kuda Mas

Bachue 200g
Kuda Mas 105g

1IbP2B  roasted on 15/05/13 and I called it blend 155... 

BIG CHOC notes!!

It's a keeper for me!!
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 26/05/2013, 04:20 PM
Currently drinking this blend of the last roast


A blend of
500 grams of El Salvador Finca Alaska
200 grams of Rwanda Musasa - Red Bourbon

Wooo its nice in milk
Beautiful and smooth chocolate tones that linger

KK
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: C-man on 28/05/2013, 06:43 AM
Burundi Mugirampeke burbon

Too busy building to keep up with the roasting so I picked this up from Clandestino

bloody good!  quite small beans

fruity, spicy and some vanilla
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: eggbert on 28/05/2013, 02:47 PM
I have been drinking beans I picked up on my recent trip to Asia recently.  First up was a Costa Rica Tarrazu Don Mayo Finca El Pedregal Fully Washed Bourbon 2012 picked up from Knockbox Cafe in Kowloon, HK
(http://knockboxcoffee.hk/assets/images/bean-donmayo.jpg),
and now that is nearly finished we are on the Yellowbird espresso blend from Oriole Cafe and Roasters in Singapore
 (http://oriolecoffee.businesscatalyst.com/images/shop/coffee-yellowbird-L.png)

Alas both of these are now running extremely low, so I purchased a silly amount of roasted beans (2.5kg) from our very own mycuppa at silly o'clock this morning as I was suffering from insomnia.
I will be sending some of these on to family in Hawaii, and will use some at work, but realisation dawned this morning just how much I had overbought.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: UNM on 28/05/2013, 04:14 PM
Eggbert - just freeze the beans you will not use in a reasonable  time. Put them in separate batches in small zip lock bags before freezing and defrost before opening the bag.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: LaSanMarco Melbourne on 28/05/2013, 11:46 PM
We were lucky enough to have Luca Casadei the French Barista Champ training for WBC and MICE at our warehouse over the past week and as a parting gift he has left his comp coffee behind.

2kg of a Costa Rican Geisha. Quite honestly one of the nicest coffees that I've ever tasted. Can't wait to stash some tomorrow to bring home.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 29/05/2013, 08:41 AM
We were lucky enough to have Luca Casadei the French Barista Champ training for WBC and MICE at our warehouse over the past week and as a parting gift he has left his comp coffee behind.

2kg of a Costa Rican Geisha. Quite honestly one of the nicest coffees that I've ever tasted. Can't wait to stash some tomorrow to bring home.

Lucky and fortunate to be at the right place at the right time  :thumb:

KK
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Post by: C-man on 29/05/2013, 05:31 PM
wow!

you guys are really lifting the bar on great coffee now.....
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 29/05/2013, 08:09 PM
Currently drinking this blend of the last roast


A blend of
500 grams of El Salvador Finca Alaska
200 grams of Rwanda Musasa - Red Bourbon

Wooo its nice in milk
Beautiful and smooth chocolate tones that linger

KK


Wow Wow Wow
9 days post roast and I would give this blend 11 out of 10
It's just so beautiful to drink

It's definitely a winner

KK
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: eggbert on 30/05/2013, 08:29 AM
Eggbert - just freeze the beans you will not use in a reasonable  time.
I thought the general consensus was to not freeze roasted beans unless you had no other option?
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: UNM on 30/05/2013, 09:16 AM
I thought the general consensus was to not freeze roasted beans unless you had no other option?

Apply common sense and beans freeze/defrost fine.

Any cold item will attract condensation. Moisture in anything will expand when it freezes and cause changes in the cell structure.
Use small bags, well sealed and get as much air as possible out before freezing.
Do not open until beans are defrosted. Do not refreeze.

If you put one big bag in the freezer and keep opening it to remove beans for the next day or so, they will get freeezer burn and quickly turn bad.

Others may disagree, but they are wrong (not that I am arrogant,  opinionated or anything).


Seriously, give it a try. How else will you know for sure?
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: hiphipharrar on 30/05/2013, 12:42 PM
Apply common sense and beans freeze/defrost fine.
<snip>
Seriously, give it a try. How else will you know for sure?

I have a few times in the past, and agree with what UNM posted. Small quantities, as much air as possible removed and sealed well.

I used a small jar that would hold around 150 gms or so. The result was usually still good but noticed the beans deteriorated in a few days after opening (hence always freeze in small quantities).

In my case, I would use it if I go away on holidays. On return, I would have a small supply to tide me over until I can roast a new batch. I found that if you prefer to give your coffee a rest before drinking then rest them a little before freezing. For example, I usually start drinking about 10 days post-roast so would rest the beans for a week before freezing. YMMV depending on your tastes.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: C-man on 30/05/2013, 05:26 PM
we are only talking 2.5 KG

You could drink 1/2 and give 1/2 away

easy fix...   

I made the mistake once of sealing fresh beans in an air-tight jar without resting them first.

resting first is pretty important I think for any kind of storage.

Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: UNM on 08/06/2013, 09:12 AM
I am taking a journey to the light side at  the moment. Yes, it is hipster time.

This mornings coffee came in a plain bag  with nothing more than 'B1' and a date on it. Minimalist or what?

Long black through the aeropress was very nice, Less acidity than expected, pleasant hints of leather and tobacco perhaps - unexpected from such a light roast.

Next up, couple espresso shots. Guessed at grind setting. Nice slow pour to start, but crema just kept building and it embed very frisky indeed. Second shot, tightened the grind a smidge. Gave 60ml in 30 second - weighed it as 36 gram. Fizzy. Bit more acidity evident, sweeter too, nice body and dark  reddish brown crema, but an astringent metallic aftertaste.

I shall leave this a couple days before revisiting.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Brett H on 10/06/2013, 08:31 AM
I roasted a light-roast Rwanda for the plunger at work recently.  I saved some for the espresso machine but no amount of temp variation could produce a great tasting shot despite how good they looked.  I'm thinking that this may be due to my non-hipster palate.  :rofl:
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 10/06/2013, 03:05 PM
Drinking Panama Geisha as a pour over, and Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Koke as an espresso / have to say the Yirg is just damned delicious !
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 10/06/2013, 03:14 PM
Just started to drink the last home roast
Costa Rica SHB E.P. Bandola

Not a bad drop as an SO and roasted to just on SC

KK
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: UNM on 10/06/2013, 03:49 PM
had B3 yesterday and today. Liking this blend a lot. Yesterday it was seriously fruity as a ristretto with plenty of body. This morning a slightly longer and cooler extraction gave a well balanced shot with less fruit, more cocoa and a spicy finish. Very easy blend to work with.

Also cracked a bag of Musasa and found that quite nice through the siphon, although I am not getting much vacuum and it is more like a pourover at the moment.
Filter cleaning right now, but I think removing the sellotape from the siphon was a mistake, it was obviously there to improve the seal.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: bcspark on 13/06/2013, 11:50 AM
Today was the Pedra Redonda roasted to 224deg on the 4th June
Finely ground and espressed on my recently acquired Bezzera Strega  :thumb:
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 13/06/2013, 12:36 PM
Today was the Pedra Redonda roasted to 224deg on the 4th June
Finely ground and espressed on my recently acquired Bezzera Strega  :thumb:

Welcome to the lever club
Great machine the Bezzera Strega - did you get it from sponsor Barazi

KK
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: bcspark on 23/06/2013, 09:13 AM
KK missed your post been busy .Yes got it from Bezzera still dialing it in . Using Mandeling Blue Batok at present and finding I have to grind finer ?   bcspark
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Post by: C-man on 30/06/2013, 11:10 AM
I am drinking "berry apocalypse" by My cuppa

loving it!
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: UNM on 19/07/2013, 08:10 AM
Mm, coffee!

actually MM coffee. welcome back old friend!

Batch of MM roasted on the  third, just beginning to show a few oil spots.
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Post by: C-man on 20/07/2013, 12:02 PM
I just received a couple more Fresh Kgs from "My Cuppa"

he threw in a smaller bag of  Tanzania Kilimanjaro AA roast date 15/7

So I gave it a go this morning and was pleasantly suprised!

Exelent coffee, softer bean, hard for me to descripe, just very yummy and leaves you wanting more rich and creamy.

I gave a cup to the Mrs. and with her Euro pallet she detected Chocklet and Tahinni and butter, she was very impressed.

Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: C-man on 26/07/2013, 02:23 PM
Both me and the Mrs. agree this is the best coffee we have had so far!

that's a BIG CALL
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: UNM on 27/07/2013, 08:58 AM
This.
First attempt with new bean. Second shot was tighter snd a near perfect ristretto pour.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: UNM on 08/08/2013, 09:40 AM
First up this morning a siphon of Yirg roasted on the  fourth. 11g beans to 250g water. 20 sec brew.  Exactly what I wanted it to be. Floral, citrusy and refreshing.

Next  was a straight espresso of  old Amsterdam blend roasted 31/7. Developing lovely stonefruit flavours, pour was like thick honey. Delightful. Finger licking good.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: bcspark on 23/08/2013, 07:48 AM
Have had three triples of Rawanda Buf Remera ,WOW?? Read Brendan's report on this bean and I and my untrained palate have experienced a citrus hit followed by a sweet bodied restretto to a lingering caramel spicy aftertaste.This has to be my favorite .

Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Brett H on 25/08/2013, 10:13 AM
Have had three triples of Rawanda Buf Remera ,WOW?? Read Brendan's report on this bean and I and my untrained palate have experienced a citrus hit followed by a sweet bodied restretto to a lingering caramel spicy aftertaste.This has to be my favorite .

Yep...this one is a favourite! I always shake my head when I taste a bean like this that it is available to Jo Average (me) and that a huge percentage of folks think that coffee is coffee!  Thanks Bean Green for your stellar service to the minority!
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: UNM on 21/09/2013, 08:35 AM
Bag end blend of Sumatra kuda mas and Indian attachan estate. Very pleasant as a ristretto.


Edit:
Daughter 1 liked this too.
Conversation went like this:
D1: that coffee was really nice dad
Unm: was it sweeter than normal?
D1: Yes
Unm: was it more bitter?
D1: Yes
Unm: it doesn't really matter what I ask, you'll just answer yes won't you?
D1: Yes.

Love my daughter. We understand each other pretty well.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: borat123 on 21/10/2013, 04:51 PM
I've been enjoying some Yemen bani Ismaili that I picked up locally about a week ago.  The post roast colour looks like a light roast, but the temp and other indications tend to indicate more of a 'normal' roast.

Very nice mouth feel, it coats your entire mouth, even when taken with milk as a mac.

Cooking or dark chocolate / slightly bitter cocoa mixed with hints of butterscotch and spice.  I can still taste it a good half hour later ;)

I only bought a couple of kilos but will be going back for more.

Anyone know what price it sells for in Aus now?


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Post by: C-man on 09/11/2013, 12:45 PM
don't know the price, but sure sounds good.

I bought some green Yemen at normal price

Costa Noosa has a Yemen that they charge much more for
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Post by: Ol Grumpy on 13/11/2013, 06:05 PM
Well at mycuppa's advice I've got this coming my way...

Santosa (rich caramel and choc),
Sumatra Blue Batak (intense spice and caramel),
Kenya Peaberry (winey blackberry),
Ethiopia Sidamo HS (natural - blueberry and choc-bicscuit) -
I have no-clue what to order, so I asked for 'Jeff's choice' .... Ie; good beans for Latte's although Jeff did mention these are great coffees in their own right....

My mouth is watering already ........

BTW, if anyone is around the Springwood (Brisbane) area and wants to 'buddy up' on a bean order sometime, you're welcome to send me a PM if you like....
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Post by: C-man on 13/11/2013, 07:27 PM
The Sid is a good one that last long too, I still get tiger stripe syrupy pours even 4 weeks post

would be interesting to try the Indo when Jeff roasts it.
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Post by: UNM on 14/11/2013, 08:28 AM
Just opened a new bag. Roasted 8/11 - blend of Attikan estate, PNG highlands and some harrar (remember Generous Jeff's Hydrated Harrar?).

A true crema monster here. Rich red crema by the bucketload.

I think I'm going to like this blend, sweet and full bodied. Still need to improve the extraction - first one was a 60 second ristretto.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: C-man on 26/11/2013, 10:05 PM
the Yemen we roasted at Lacmin's

never got any good, in fact even small amounts in blends did not work either

Not my taste I guess, actually no one else liked it either, too earthy.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Ol Grumpy on 27/11/2013, 11:41 AM
Just cracked open the Sumatra Blue Batak... Now that's a tasty bean! Sensational morning coffee.
I found it to be a 'soft' bean and haven't got the grind dialed in quite right just yet.
I'm at grind settings that have completely choked the Rossa with harder beans, but am still getting a very free flowing shot with 30ml at 15 seconds and little resistance- a near gusher... With little Crema, but a tasty Latte, all the same.
I was also in Coorparoo the other day and had to pop into Uncle Joe's Coffee House- I just love the magic that comes from the Kees Mirage Veloce... They've just started using a new 'House Blend' which is Kenya, Columbia, Sumatra and it is a fine brew.
I grabbed some 'house blend' beans and whilst I'm not about to say the Rossa cranked out shots on par with a Professional Barista driving one of Van Der Westen's best.... My wife did say the blind taste coffee was the very best I'd made yet... So I'm chuffed! There's a big clue there too- her preference, so far, is a blended brew rather than SO.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: mycuppa on 27/11/2013, 06:19 PM
Grumps.

You need to go very fine with almost all Indo's (Sumatrans). The nature of the beast I'm afraid.......it's way different to any of the other beans you may have played with.

If you are already at the finest setting, try up-dosing.
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Post by: Ol Grumpy on 27/11/2013, 08:26 PM
Thanks for that @mc, I'd had a read back through the other thread and I noticed you've mentioned this need for fine grind previously....
That's not a problem. I'll just wring the Pharos little neck, a little more...
I was (over) dosing at around 21 grams, but have cut that back to 19 or so.
I've still got quite a bit of adjustment on the Pharos, but I'm definitely nudging towards Turkish fineness on the grind...
Just don't sneeze as you transfer the grinds, eh? Hmmm, there's a thought...
Coffee Snuff... Anyone game?

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Post by: C-man on 28/11/2013, 09:32 AM
OG

you think the Sumatran Blue is a soft bean?

My Rosco must be getting blunt, I find it much harder than the rest

I am sure your new Pharos is still very sharp, how do you like it?
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Post by: Ol Grumpy on 28/11/2013, 09:40 AM
Hit it...
Backed off dose to 18g and Grind: 18mins from zero on the Pharos. That puts the grind at borderline Turkish, so yes very fine for an Espresso shot. 15 mins is a choker and 22 mins is a gusher. I notice @mc noted elsewhere that  the 'pro's' are squeezing the shots down to 16g, so I may try one @16g tomorrow? (Sumatra Blue Batak)
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Post by: Ol Grumpy on 28/11/2013, 11:11 AM
@c-man,
I like it, I like it a lot!
I've only put maybe 2kg through the Pharos, so it's still bedding in, I guess.
Of the half-dozen or so beans I've put through it the Blue is the (softest) easiest to grind, by far. And also needs to be the finest, by far. My shots this morning were 100% thick syrupy Crema. I have an extended handle on the Pharos but when I last put it on I absent mindedly put it on the shortest length. (3 settings) For me it (handle length) just doesn't make that much difference.
The Old Joes 'House Blend' has been the toughest to grind and will 'catch' on a hard bean and really rock the Pharos. I just tighten my grip round it's neck, change down a gear and power on.
Another interesting observation- at @mc advice I cut back the shot to 18g and tightened up the grind. So I've gone from near 21g to 18g by weight, but by volume the grinds are near the same volume. In the basket, the grind volume is near enough to identical, before I settle it with a thwack, thwack and polish tamp. The finished tamp level is lower in the basket, with the smaller dose. @mc mentioned his 'pros' are getting best results @ 16g dose and really 'ringing the fruit out of it'.
I'm happy with taking baby steps and learning heaps as I go....
I ended up with a HC (Hand Crank) Rossa, and I'm so happy I did.
The tactile feedback from the Device is really satisfying. A bit like comparing hand planing a board flat, compared to running it through the thicknesser.
I'm still learning it's language, but the Rossa definitely talks to you- But only if you will listen! Another interesting observation- I thought I would be far more interested in the 'numbers' than I turned out to be. ie; I *don't* have the pressure gauge and see absolutely no need for it, whatsoever. What matters to me is what the cup tastes like- the flavour profile. The cup is giving me all the feedback I need and care about.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Brett H on 01/12/2013, 12:01 PM
I'm drinking MyCuppa Costa Rican Natural and at 15 days post it is jut getting better.  I've upped the extraction temp from 91 to 93 and I like this taste even better.  As Jeff said in another thread this can be finicky to get the best extraction but I'm sitting between double and ristretto so I haven't sinked one yet.  An awesome Christmas present come early.  Think you MyCuppa.

My wife is drinking the chai and has pronounced it best ever!! I made her a chai once from spices I selected, roasted, gound, steeped, adjusted sweetness and served in a noritake cup and saucer.  She pronounced it curry with sugar  :pan

We'll stick with yours henceforth!!
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Post by: C-man on 03/12/2013, 12:29 PM
had some visitors from Brissy, they gave me a bottle of cold press, pretty dad gum good.

I am making Iced coffee by filling a big glass with ice and vanilla ice cream then pouring a hot gooey double shot over to melt it all together.

very nice!
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Post by: UNM on 14/12/2013, 08:04 AM
Chai-opress? Aerochai?

Who knows, quite pleasant in its way. Not quite coffee, not quite tea

15g Yirgacheffe/Rwanda Musasa blend, one teaspoon Bengali Chai tea (from river tea in Lorne). Step 20 sec, press 15 second
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Post by: Brett H on 14/12/2013, 09:25 AM
Chai-opress? Aerochai?

Who knows, quite pleasant in its way. Not quite coffee, not quite tea

15g Yirgacheffe/Rwanda Musasa blend, one teaspoon Bengali Chai tea (from river tea in Lorne). Step 20 sec, press 15 second

Sounds intriguing.  I might try this one out on the wife.... "Says the politician to the actress" :rofl:
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Post by: UNM on 14/12/2013, 01:54 PM
Should have read "steep", not "step"


Have done the shot of espresso in a cup of tea before, but thought this might  be interesting and it is certainly quick, easy and no mess.

May do a Christmas spiced coffee, see how that goes. Need to use a different coffee base though
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Post by: C-man on 14/12/2013, 09:58 PM
loving this Rwanda from My Cuppa
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Post by: UNM on 21/12/2013, 07:44 AM
 Nicaraguan Maragogype, finally getting decent shots after tightening the grind  sufficiently. Very pleasant, licorice and hints of pepper.

Ristretto as usual

New grinder does struggle with the huge beans, but I guess that is common to all domestic conicals with beans this big
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Post by: C-man on 03/07/2014, 07:45 AM
Sucking down this Honduras COE from "cosmic couple" and loving it
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Post by: Brett H on 04/07/2014, 09:51 AM
Don't tell DX... It's one of his favorites!!
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Post by: C-man on 04/07/2014, 08:48 PM
Tastes like an apple/lemon pie
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Post by: Lacehim on 04/07/2014, 09:29 PM
Sucking down this Honduras COE from "cosmic couple" and loving it
Ya didn't offer me a sample of that I see! ;)
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Post by: C-man on 05/07/2014, 10:37 AM
better hurry by, it's almost gone
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Post by: borat123 on 19/07/2014, 08:10 PM
Against my better judgement I grabbed a couple of small bags at duty free on the way home from Daresalaam (Tanzania), a few days ago.  It was marked as Kibo AA, from Moshi near the border with Kenya, and actually had a roasted date on the back.

It had been roasted dark, but no signs of oil. I had thoughts of stale, crap beans but after just trying an espresso it was great. 

Coming out of the grinder was a heavy beef or meaty aroma...  Flavour was nutty with a long sweet aftertaste.  Low acid, creamy mouthfeel with plenty of body.  Kind of like jelly sitting in the cup.
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Post by: C-man on 20/07/2014, 10:55 AM
Interesting, do you take a hand grinder everywhere you go?
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Post by: Brett H on 20/07/2014, 06:55 PM
Love the packaging!! 
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Post by: borat123 on 21/07/2014, 03:04 AM

Interesting, do you take a hand grinder everywhere you go?

An Aeropress and ceramic hand grinder are always with me when travelling.

But these beans I tried in the lever when I got home.
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Post by: cosmic_couple22 on 21/07/2014, 01:17 PM
Started on the Etho Tchembe today after 7 days of resting, very very nice, smoth buttery mouth feel with silky choclates and a delicate fruit note.

Nikessi still needs a few more days, but a definite jam thing starting to happen, again going to be a very smooth coffee with a lot of delicate flavours.

Chester
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Post by: Brett H on 21/07/2014, 08:47 PM
Started on the Etho Tchembe today after 7 days of resting, very very nice, smoth buttery mouth feel with silky choclates and a delicate fruit note.

Nikessi still needs a few more days, but a definite jam thing starting to happen, again going to be a very smooth coffee with a lot of delicate flavours.

Chester


How are you brewing this mate?
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Post by: cosmic_couple22 on 21/07/2014, 09:09 PM
Hi Brett H  Tchembe has only been espresso but the Nikessi I have a lighter roast for V60 as well as an espresso roast.

Chester
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Post by: eggbert on 22/07/2014, 09:14 AM
None - ran out of the last roast I had, and been told I am not allowed to roast any more for the foreseeable future as the aroma makes my pregnant wife feel nauseous.

 :( :'( :tearhair: :head:

The only nice caffeine hit I am getting is at the markets on the weekend. The auto Saeco machine at work just doesn't cut the mustard with its Lavazza beans.
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Post by: cosmic_couple22 on 22/07/2014, 10:27 AM
Thats tragic, I see you only have 2 options.

1. Time to get a new wife Risky but it has been done before.
2. Send me your address and I will send you something nice to assist in managing your caffeine craving.

Chester
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Lacehim on 22/07/2014, 01:06 PM
Go roast at a mates place then?  Or send her shopping! lol

My wife hates the smell, it makes her sick too (not pregnant though) so I just roast outside with the glass doors closed, no problems there.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Moon on 22/07/2014, 01:45 PM
None - ran out of the last roast I had, and been told I am not allowed to roast any more for the foreseeable future as the aroma makes my pregnant wife feel nauseous.

Coffee roasting isn't what I'd call a pleasant aroma .. and should be done in an outside ventilated room or garage imho

Like a BBQ or cooking up a curry that can permeate through everything inside the house.

No problem at my joint. I can cook up a curry and don't even bother using the extraction fan .. and haven't had any complaints.

So long as my Cat is fed .. she is cool.  :P
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: derrilex on 22/07/2014, 02:11 PM
None - ran out of the last roast I had, and been told I am not allowed to roast any more for the foreseeable future as the aroma makes my pregnant wife feel nauseous.

 :( :'( :tearhair: :head:

The only nice caffeine hit I am getting is at the markets on the weekend. The auto Saeco machine at work just doesn't cut the mustard with its Lavazza beans.

I thought you NT folk were meant to be hard as. Obviously not  :rofl: There is a wonderful thing called an extension lead that should put you and your roaster out of harms way no matter which way the wind is blowing. ;)
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: eggbert on 22/07/2014, 03:44 PM
It's cold outside at night don't you know? It's been close to or below 20
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: cosmic_couple22 on 22/07/2014, 04:10 PM
No to the coffee roaster and the Bezzera  :o

Get out while you still can man, head south, the cold normally stops an NTer from making it to far south so you won't be pursued to far.

 :thumb:
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Brett H on 22/07/2014, 06:28 PM
The secret to a happy marriage is a well-appointed and luxurious BACK SHED! 
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: derrilex on 22/07/2014, 08:04 PM
I think there are 4 options here

1. put helmet on and tell wife to harden up
2. drink tea like a nancy
3. wait for the wife's nausea to turn to cravings
4. get a shed as Brett suggests - and move out

# 1 is the way I would go. Give her a spew bucket and tell her you are priming your body for the endless, mind numbing sleepless nights.   :rofl:
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: C-man on 22/07/2014, 09:01 PM
Thats tragic, I see you only have 2 options.

1. Time to get a new wife Risky but it has been done before.
2. Send me your address and I will send you something nice to assist in managing your caffeine craving.

Chester

I can highly recommend #2

actually, I have already done #1
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: cosmic_couple22 on 22/07/2014, 10:16 PM
Thanks for the support C-man  :thumb:

And no1 was the best thing I have ever done.

Chester
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: eggbert on 22/07/2014, 10:23 PM
Haha c-man. It won't come to that for us...as long as Mrs Egg gets back on the coffee train after the bub comes along.

I've moved the coffee machine out to the store room and will roast a batch outside the next time I manage to sneak out of going shopping with her.

So including time for maturation it will be another couple of weeks until I get a decent(ish) coffee again.

Thanks a lot for the offer Chester. I might have to place an order for when it arrives as I will have zero time for rotating then I imagine.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: C-man on 24/07/2014, 08:57 PM


And no1 was the best thing I have ever done.

Chester

Did you get a younger model?   I did by 20 years.....
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Moon on 27/07/2014, 11:08 PM

So what are the top picks from mycuppa's roasted bean range at the moment?

Can be blends or single origin.

Beans of interest are

* Burundi
* Redemption of the Spro (love the name)
* Ethiopian Yirg
* Costa Rica
* Guatemala

Are there any of the above that stand out as 'exceptional' or up there with the best you've had?

Not sure whether I will go 1kg or 2x 500g .. so I'm looking for the best 2 for milk coffee.

Cheers
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: eggbert on 28/07/2014, 10:11 AM
Hallelujah!

Went to the markets this weekend, and grabbed my weekly coffee.
I fancied something milk based for a change, and had a bit of a shock when Mrs Egg asked for a few sips. It appears she is finally getting over the nausea stage of pregnancy.

If only I had managed to roast some beans I could be drinking my own coffee next weekend.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: cosmic_couple22 on 28/07/2014, 12:22 PM
Good to hear egbbert.

This mornings effort was the 90+ Etho Tchembe and Nikessi all through the Slayer and the results were very very AWESOME  :thumb:

Hmm green beans delivered to my door, roaster and slayer right there, seems I never have to leave the house again.

Chester
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: C-man on 30/07/2014, 08:36 AM
So what are the top picks from mycuppa's roasted bean range at the moment?

Can be blends or single origin.

Beans of interest are

* Burundi
* Redemption of the Spro (love the name)
* Ethiopian Yirg
* Costa Rica
* Guatemala

Are there any of the above that stand out as 'exceptional' or up there with the best you've had?

Not sure whether I will go 1kg or 2x 500g .. so I'm looking for the best 2 for milk coffee.

Cheers


Moon, what flavors do you like best?
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Moon on 30/07/2014, 11:19 AM

Moon, what flavors do you like best?

Crikey .. C-man asking the tough questions.  8)

I'm not at the stage where I can identify the individual flavours in what I'm drinking .. other than the obvious sweet chocolate caramel ones. As for what kind of citrus, berry or melon flavours the little suckers deliver .. I wouldn't know .. so I cannot describe exactly what I like about a certain bean .. other than whether it appeals to me .. or not.

It's the same for me when drinking a glass of wine. I can't tell what grape it is made from or what soil, acidity, and region the grapes were grown.

With coffee beans .. it is basically do I like it .. and to what degree, rather than identifying the complexity .. layers, individual flavours, balance etc.

I would love to be able to identify and put a name to them. I'd need to do a course with many sample tastings of single origin beans from different regions ... as well as studying blends to find out why certain beans were used to balance the blend.

Maybe further down the track I can better answer that one .. only for the moment .. I can only really describe what I like .. by naming a particular bean/blend .. without being able to explain in any detail .. the contributing factors as to why I like it so much .. or, on the other hand .. what it was that I didn't like about the coffee.

 
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: C-man on 30/07/2014, 03:05 PM
start by dividing between Fruity or nutty..

My fav. from "My Cuppa" would have to be the way he roasts the Sumatra Blue Batak

I have had that bean many times and never liked it until I tried Jeff's roast

he has it nailed...


Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: UNM on 27/09/2014, 07:26 AM
Just finished a Siphon of Yirgacheffe Koke OCT natural, roasted to just on rolling first crack a week ago.

Delightful (in a hipster kind of way). Fruity, fresh - perfect for a warm spring morning
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: C-man on 27/09/2014, 01:41 PM
I like a nice fruity Yirg have one of CCs yirgs now that tastes like Blueberries
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: eggbert on 18/11/2014, 05:09 PM
I got fed up of the sub par roasting I have been getting from old beans on the Behmor, so bought a sample from @cosmic_couple22 (http://'http://www.bestcafes.com.au/forum/profile/?u=4485') of his latest roastings.

They arrived yesterday and the aroma was far nicer than I have got from home roasting recently.

Tried an espresso of the Panama Hartmann Estate - Black Winey last night, and while I didn't manage to dial the grind in perfectly first time the taste was unreal.  Even Wifebert commented on how nice it smelt, and she has hated the smell of coffee throughout her pregnancy. Has a lovely fruity / winey flavour.

Couple more shots this morning, and I'm getting close to great shots.

Hopefully the Ethiopian Tchembe is just as nice, but different.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: C-man on 19/11/2014, 12:32 PM
I am enjoying that one too Eggy
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Naki^chap on 19/11/2014, 09:06 PM
At the moment I'm drinking a 50/50 blend of Rwanda Inzovu / West java sunda
Taken to just before 2nd crack
Equally nice as an espresso or with milk

Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Kevohere on 20/11/2014, 01:25 PM
Just polished off a flat white Tanzania KVCG peaberry, roasted on the 12th.  :coffee2:
It's standing up very well actually since I discovered 2 days ago the ziplock had stripped. :(
Exactly how long the bag was in the "open" state, I've no idea, however there's only about 120g left so, not too concerned.
This is my second bag failure this year with this episode a first time use bag. (Not yet recycled).

Anyone else had this issue? The male zip part totally separating from the side.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: C-man on 24/11/2014, 08:01 AM
yes,

I have problems with my male zip part totally over penetrating the female part.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Kevohere on 24/11/2014, 06:12 PM
I'm surprised it took almost four days to get such a comeback to that question.
Good one C-man. LOL.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: C-man on 25/11/2014, 06:08 AM
someone had to take the bait
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: eggbert on 28/11/2014, 05:25 PM
Moved on to Cosmic_couple's Ethipian Tchembe this week.
It is quite different from the Panama Hartmann Estate, but just as nice.

I've been very impressed with Chester's coffee and would recommend it to anyone.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Black Shiraz on 30/11/2014, 10:39 AM
I roasted up the other week a blend, which you could say is a Mocca java but I added a little MM for some punch.  Very impressed with the blend and it will be a keeper for me!  I note the MM was no added post roast and bag was cracked 10 days post roast.

Blend is roughly in these ratios of Eth Yirg Konga:Sum Gayo Spec:MM,  42.5:42.5:15

Jonty
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: C-man on 26/12/2014, 05:57 PM
I got three different beans going now

3 bean blend from Chester

Stable treat from MG

and a super sweet flowery, fruity Mexican from Chester

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Post by: Lacehim on 21/02/2015, 07:04 PM
I just finished my Honduras Cup of Excellence 2012 which I roasted myself.  I loved this bean and bought a bit a few years ago, but held on to a bit of green to enjoy later and enjoyed it very very much thank you.  The mrs didn't complain either! :)

Next it's time for so more SO which are resting nicely.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: C-man on 26/02/2015, 05:07 PM
I always liked the Hond. COE
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: mwcalder on 26/02/2015, 07:32 PM
Drinking the Magneto Espresso Blend from Clandestino Roasters on the Sunshine Coast! Perfect for my milk drinking family. Although I'm sure there is room on my bench for another SJ for an origin...
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Lacehim on 26/02/2015, 07:51 PM
That's a nice blend mwcalder.  I've bought a few bags of it over time and enjoyed it at clandestinos a few times too.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: C-man on 04/03/2015, 06:06 PM
Tomorrow March 5th and the Yirg from Chester will be good to go.........yummy

I also instructed him to roast some more now for another 2 weeks wait away.

that coffee is absolutely undrinkable until day 13 then it is suddenly transformed into paradise for my taste buds anyway.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Brett H on 04/03/2015, 09:25 PM
Tomorrow March 5th and the Yirg from Chester will be good to go.........yummy

I also instructed him to roast some more now for another 2 weeks wait away.

that coffee is absolutely undrinkable until day 13 then it is suddenly transformed into paradise for my taste buds anyway.

Which Yirg is that C-man and is is roasted light?
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Lacehim on 04/03/2015, 09:36 PM
I've got some, I haven't opened the bag yet. :)  I'll have a look tomorrow, might even sample some.
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Post by: Dry bean. on 04/03/2015, 09:39 PM
Must be the week for Yirg, I just broke into a batch I roasted a few days ago. :thumb:

Bloody sight better than that India Elephant hills Peaberry rubbish I just finished. :-[
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: cosmic_couple22 on 05/03/2015, 02:03 AM
Yirg Kochera Brett H  little bit longer development time than what I normally do on the yirg, but on the Kochera it pulls a little more blueberry out of the bean which was what C-man was after.  First crack 11:50mins @ 188c dumped at 14:55 @ 200c  medium roast.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Lacehim on 05/03/2015, 10:57 AM
I'm about to give it a go.  C-Man was adamant that I didn't open the bag till today!
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Brett H on 06/03/2015, 09:33 PM
Sounds great!!  Enjoy  :thumb:
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: C-man on 03/05/2015, 09:02 PM
I am actually no drinking any coffee at the moment

I am on an elimination diet because of intestinal problems

It is not easy........damm headaches  too
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GaryatGala on 04/05/2015, 10:33 PM
My sympathees C man.
A number of my customers at the cafe have gone off milk due to the same reasons or simply to lose weight.
The general rise in obesity and sedentary lifestyles is a main factor for the change to black coffee, tea, or abstinence altogether.

Some of them however have converted to lighter bodied brews.
I had the Yirgacheffe Gelena Abaya through the Curtis Gold Cup machine.
The converts as well as myself go wow at the uplifting florals and fruity berries on the palate.
Heaven in a cup. And no heaviness.
Today and yesterday we ran out of carafes and cups. Improvisation came in the form of milk jugs and piccolo cups.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: C-man on 06/05/2015, 08:39 PM
I have compromised to one short black a day,

I feel a lot better without the milk
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 26/05/2015, 05:44 PM
The last couple of lots of beans I have bought were sold as Guatemala SHB, they were velvety smooth with a very distinct chocolate note. Does coffee have notes? I am more used to talking perfume and perfume has notes  ::).

I just popped out and thought I would have a change and grabbed some that were sold as Costa Rica, Costa Rica what I have no idea  :-|.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GeekKopi on 26/05/2015, 08:04 PM

The last couple of lots of beans I have bought were sold as Guatemala SHB, they were velvety smooth with a very distinct chocolate note. Does coffee have notes? I am more used to talking perfume and perfume has notes  ::).

I just popped out and thought I would have a change and grabbed some that were sold as Costa Rica, Costa Rica what I have no idea  :-|.

My coffee has notes of coffee. :)
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 26/05/2015, 08:20 PM
My coffee has notes of coffee. :)

You must be doing it right then GeekKopi  ;D.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GeekKopi on 31/05/2015, 10:52 AM
I just finished a batch of Harrar Mocha and this arvo in going to start my batch of Ipanema Espresso from The Coffee Co.

Last time I had this it was beautifully sweet, creamy with notes of chocolate. Hopefully this batch will be the same. It's 9 days post roast. If it's good it won't last long.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 31/05/2015, 11:57 AM
The Costa Rica whatever they were didn't do it for me so I am back on the Guatemala shb  :coffee2:.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GeekKopi on 31/05/2015, 11:18 PM

The Costa Rica whatever they were didn't do it for me so I am back on the Guatemala shb  :coffee2:.

Hi Sue. I'm assuming you're drinking single origins and not blends?
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 01/06/2015, 10:08 AM
I am GeekKopi. The coffee shop/cafe I get my beans from only has 7 different beans, all are single origin except their house blend they have called an Italian blend which I wasn't keen on.

I really, really need to find somewhere else to buy beans from, they are very limited and the people that work there are as rude as ****.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GeekKopi on 01/06/2015, 10:13 AM
I am GeekKopi. The coffee shop/cafe I get my beans from only has 7 different beans, all are single origin except their house blend they have called an Italian blend which I wasn't keen on.

I really, really need to find somewhere else to buy beans from, they are very limited and the people that work there are as rude as ****.
As a suggestion possibly try a balanced blend for a straight up espresso. The single origins might be too 'bright'/acidic for you to drink black. Are the beans you get a lighter roast?

I've been getting my roasted beans from "the coffee company". They are in Melbourne but they deliver at very reasonable prices. Their beans range from $28-$30 per kilo for blends and single origins. Can't go wrong and they roast fresh everyday with high turnover. I've tried all the fancier roasting houses down my way such as Axil, 7seeds and the like but they roast too light and they are too acidic for my taste.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Lwowiak on 01/06/2015, 10:53 AM
If you are looking for a nice variety of roasted beans, and are happy to buy online, then you should check this company out:

http://www.mycuppa.com.au/Fresh-Roasted-Coffee/

Very, very competitively priced, and nice coffee as well.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GeekKopi on 01/06/2015, 10:57 AM

If you are looking for a nice variety of roasted beans, and are happy to buy online, then you should check this company out:

http://www.mycuppa.com.au/Fresh-Roasted-Coffee/

Very, very competitively priced, and nice coffee as well.

Hi Lwowiak

I've seen their site and wasn't sure on how their beans were. Which blend do you recommend for someone that likes a darker more traditional roast?

Ron
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 01/06/2015, 11:47 AM
They are a darker roast GeekKopi.

I made a start looking at places online and then got interrupted   ^-^.
Does anyone know who takes PayPal? It is a bit easier for me  :P.

I was browsing My Cuppa when I was interrupted  :coffee2:.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Kevohere on 01/06/2015, 01:03 PM
Does anyone know who takes PayPal? It is a bit easier for me  :P.

I was browsing My Cuppa when I was interrupted  :coffee2:.

MyCuppa does PayPal Sue.

There are others as well but with buying browns, I'd recommend choosing someone closest to you and/or can deliver in the shortest time.

I believe MyCuppa fulfills both criteria.

I haven't purchased beans from them but have dealt with them on another product.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Lwowiak on 01/06/2015, 01:46 PM
Taste and definition of a darker roast is subjective.

What I like may not appeal to others. My definition of a darker roast may differ to yours. I do not seek dark, oily beans which I consider a charcoal roast, but prefer coffee that has been roasted sufficiently to develop body and tame the acidity. Highly acidic and bright coffees are not what I like for espresso.

Mycuppa (Jeff) roasts for espresso. If it is a lighter roast, then it is clearly identified.

The best course of action is to contact Jeff directly via the website, and state your preferences. He will then recommend a suitable product.
I have purchased from Jeff and enjoyed it immensely. I regularly enjoy his coffee when I visit a colleague, who swears by it. Friends and relatives regularly buy his products, and speak highly of it. You can be assured of a quality product.

Have a read of the newsletters on his website, it will provide an enjoyable (and educational) insight into the realm of coffee.

Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GeekKopi on 01/06/2015, 01:50 PM
Taste and definition of a darker roast is subjective.

What I like may not appeal to others. My definition of a darker roast may differ to yours. I do not seek dark, oily beans which I consider a charcoal roast, but prefer coffee that has been roasted sufficiently to develop body and tame the acidity. Highly acidic and bright coffees are not what I like for espresso.

Mycuppa (Jeff) roasts for espresso. If it is a lighter roast, then it is clearly identified.

The best course of action is to contact Jeff directly via the website, and state your preferences. He will then recommend a suitable product.
I have purchased from Jeff and enjoyed it immensely. I regularly enjoy his coffee when I visit a colleague, who swears by it. Friends and relatives regularly buy his products, and speak highly of it. You can be assured of a quality product.

Have a read of the newsletters on his website, it will provide an enjoyable (and educational) insight into the realm of coffee.



Thanks mate, Ill get in touch with Jeff once I start running low.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 01/06/2015, 02:10 PM
MyCuppa does PayPal Sue.

There are others as well but with buying browns, I'd recommend choosing someone closest to you and/or can deliver in the shortest time.

I believe MyCuppa fulfills both criteria.

I haven't purchased beans from them but have dealt with them on another product.

Thanks Kevo, I just placed an order for 1 kg of the Suuweet  8).
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GeekKopi on 01/06/2015, 02:40 PM
I just pulled an Ipanema. Left the grinder as it was. Close but no cigar. Need to make it a tad coarser. The OPV was singing a bit too much. I cut the shot early. 

http://youtu.be/nJcalENOMuY

Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 01/06/2015, 05:07 PM
So I ordered around 2 and a half hours ago and they are in transit on their way to me.

Bring 'em on  :coffee2:.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Brett H on 03/06/2015, 08:40 PM
Thanks mate, Ill get in touch with Jeff once I start running low.

I too am a very happy customer and despite being a home-roaster I order with Jeff every holidays to be sure I don't rest on my laurels as an amateur roaster.  I've also had the very occaisional treat from Cosmorex which have been simply stunning.  We're spoiled for choice really!
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GeekKopi on 03/06/2015, 09:34 PM
I too am a very happy customer and despite being a home-roaster I order with Jeff every holidays to be sure I don't rest on my laurels as an amateur roaster.  I've also had the very occaisional treat from Cosmorex which have been simply stunning.  We're spoiled for choice really!

I ordered a kilo of their espresso blend earlier today - looking forward to getting caffeinated!
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 04/06/2015, 08:57 AM
Aaaaaaand they are down for delivery this morning  :coffee2:.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GeekKopi on 04/06/2015, 10:05 AM

Aaaaaaand they are down for delivery this morning  :coffee2:.
that was quick Sue. Hopefully mine come by tomorrow as I'm running out. Their roastery is only 40mins from home.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 04/06/2015, 10:20 AM
40 minutes? You should be able to smell them roasting from your place  :P.

Mine were just delivered with a roast date of 31/05 so I am assuming they will be good to go in a couple of days which works out well because I have a couple of days left with the beans I am currently using.

I was going to ask what you bought but I see you bought the Espresso blend :).
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Dry bean. on 04/06/2015, 10:34 AM
40 minutes? You should be able to smell them roasting from your place  :P.

Mine were just delivered with a roast date of 31/05 so I am assuming they will be good to go in a couple of days which works out well because I have a couple of days left with the beans I am currently using.

I was going to ask what you bought but I see you bought the Espresso blend :).

Morning Sue,

Why not try a coffee made with them today? do the same over the next few days, see if you can pick changes in characteristics, for better or worse as they age. :)

Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GeekKopi on 04/06/2015, 10:57 AM

Morning Sue,

Why not try a coffee made with them today? do the same over the next few days, see if you can pick changes in characteristics, for better or worse as they age. :)
^^^^ what he said
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 04/06/2015, 12:21 PM
That sounds like a plan you two  :).

I have just made a cuppa, after having to make an emergency run to school to pick up a sick 16 year old, but next one I will use the Suuweet beans  ;D.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Dry bean. on 04/06/2015, 12:29 PM
That sounds like a plan you two  :).

I have just made a cuppa, after having to make an emergency run to school to pick up a sick 16 year old, but next one I will use the Suuweet beans  ;D.
Don't forget to report back asap. ;)
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 04/06/2015, 12:57 PM
Matt and I are sipping on one now.

We couldn't wait  ;D.

I think I over tamped or may need to fiddle with the grind as I almost choked the machine but she sure is tasty. I'm just waiting on Matts opinion now.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GeekKopi on 04/06/2015, 01:56 PM

Matt and I are sipping on one now.

We couldn't wait  ;D.

I think I over tamped or may need to fiddle with the grind as I almost choked the machine but she sure is tasty. I'm just waiting on Matts opinion now.
great to hear Sue. What's the body of the coffee like?
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 04/06/2015, 02:13 PM
I would not know body if I fell over it GeekKopi  ;D.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GeekKopi on 04/06/2015, 02:32 PM
I would not know body if I fell over it GeekKopi  ;D.
LOL

from the interwebs -->

"The term body describes the physical properties – heaviness, or mouthfeel – of the coffee as it settles on your tongue; the feel of the coffee coating the tongue, and whether it is oily, grainy, watery, or possesses some other characteristic."

Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Dry bean. on 04/06/2015, 02:38 PM
Matt and I are sipping on one now.

We couldn't wait  ;D.

I think I over tamped or may need to fiddle with the grind as I almost choked the machine but she sure is tasty. I'm just waiting on Matts opinion now.

Fresh beans will do that Sue, as the beans age the water tends to flow through a bit faster so you need to grind a touch finer, don't over do it, only a small adjustment needed. :)
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Post by: Dry bean. on 04/06/2015, 02:43 PM
LOL

from the interwebs -->

"The term body describes the physical properties – heaviness, or mouthfeel – of the coffee as it settles on your tongue; the feel of the coffee coating the tongue, and whether it is oily, grainy, watery, or possesses some other characteristic."

Easy to do with shots GK, with milk based drinks not so much, sue uses milk.

However a good indication is watching the coffee flow from the portafilter spout, thick, syrupy viscous flow = lots of body. :)
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 04/06/2015, 02:46 PM
LOL

from the interwebs -->

"The term body describes the physical properties – heaviness, or mouthfeel – of the coffee as it settles on your tongue; the feel of the coffee coating the tongue, and whether it is oily, grainy, watery, or possesses some other characteristic."

I will take more notice next time  ;D.


Fresh beans will do that Sue, as the beans age the water tends to flow through a bit faster so you need to grind a touch finer, don't over do it, only a small adjustment needed. :)


Will do Db. I have popped the other beans back in the hopper, hopefully they will be finished by this time tomorrow  ^-^.


Easy to do with shots GK, with milk based drinks not so much, sue uses milk.

However a good indication is watching the coffee flow from the portafilter spout, thick, syrupy viscous flow = lots of body. :)


Yep, I am a milky cuppa drinker  ^-^.
Coffee was quite thick and syrupy.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 07/06/2015, 03:13 PM
While I'm waiting for my order from mycuppa I picked up a small bag of Black Mamba - The Maling Room at a local cafe.

Syrupy body and sweet with a chocolate berry finish. Great cup. I had mine straight and the mrs had it with a latte.

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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 07/06/2015, 05:25 PM
Chocolate and berry sounds delish :).
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Post by: GeekKopi on 09/06/2015, 10:25 AM
Who's coming over for a mycuppa? I'll open a pack of these bad boys this arvo
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Post by: Kevohere on 09/06/2015, 10:30 AM
Hang on, I'll just check the Jet Star site for the next flight down from Newy!  :P
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Post by: GeekKopi on 09/06/2015, 10:33 AM

Hang on, I'll just check the Jet Star site for the next flight down from Newy!  :P
ill put the machine on Kevo and warm up the muzzy too so we can go for a cruise.
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Post by: kbilleter on 09/06/2015, 10:47 AM
Nice looking set up, GeekKopi.

Been a little disorganised this long weekend.  At home today, out of beans and feeling lazy.  Luckily there's a café 300m from our house - I think they sell Toby Estate so on balance, the lazy option will do fine :-).
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Post by: Kevohere on 09/06/2015, 10:48 AM
ill put the machine on Kevo and warm up the muzzy too so we can go for a cruise.

Geez mate, now I've really got the tongue salivating.  :P :P

Seriously though, next time I go to Melbourne............... a coffee & cruise could be on the agenda.  :thumb:
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Post by: GeekKopi on 09/06/2015, 10:49 AM

Geez mate, now I've really got the tongue salivating.  :P :P

Seriously though, next time I go to Melbourne............... a coffee & cruise could be on the agenda.  :thumb:
sounds good. Just give us a shout out and it can be arranged. I'm just over the bridge from the cbd.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 09/06/2015, 01:07 PM
You'll be bouncing off the walls by tonight  :thumb:.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 09/06/2015, 03:22 PM

You'll be bouncing off the walls by tonight  :thumb:.
just had a doppio.
Let me just say that this blend is fantastic. Here's a video of my extraction. I'm sure over the coming days it will develop to be even better.

https://www.facebook.com/EspressoLifeAU/videos/584170238389119/
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 09/06/2015, 03:41 PM
I know, I just watched it on FB  :D.

I just had a cuppa of the Suuweet, one of the best yet. That was after overfilling the basket, not being able to get it in the group properly, thinking she'll be right, firing up the machine only to have the portafilter coming off and breaking my espresso glass I has sitting there waiting to be filled :(.

I am already approx. half way through the bag  :o.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 09/06/2015, 05:37 PM

I know, I just watched it on FB  :D.

I just had a cuppa of the Suuweet, one of the best yet. That was after overfilling the basket, not being able to get it in the group properly, thinking she'll be right, firing up the machine only to have the portafilter coming off and breaking my espresso glass I has sitting there waiting to be filled :(.

I am already approx. half way through the bag  :o.

I've been there sue. Messy!

I remember when I did my espresso course a while back the guy next to me on a two group machine didn't lock in his PF properly and it went everywhere (on my clothes) when the PF popped out.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 09/06/2015, 06:06 PM
I guess I am in great company then  ;D!

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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 09/06/2015, 07:23 PM
How was the Espresso GeekKopi? I'm just about to put in an order  :P. I'll wait for your feedback  :coffee2:.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 09/06/2015, 07:28 PM

How was the Espresso GeekKopi? I'm just about to put in an order  :P. I'll wait for your feedback  :coffee2:.
bloody awesome. I drank it black. It was full bodied and sweet enough for me.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 09/06/2015, 07:49 PM
Thanks GeekKopi, you've sold it to me. I think I will take a punt on a Roasters Choice too  :P.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 09/06/2015, 07:59 PM
Done! 1 kilo of Espresso and 1 kilo of Roaster Choice has been ordered  :coffee2:.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 09/06/2015, 08:03 PM

Done! 1 kilo of Espresso and 1 kilo of Roaster Choice has been ordered  :coffee2:.
thats a lot of coffee to get through Sue. beans might go stale if you don't get through them within the month. Looks like you will be buzzing
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 09/06/2015, 08:06 PM
I have gone through 1/2 a kilo since Thursday  >:D.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 09/06/2015, 08:08 PM

I have gone through 1/2 a kilo since Thursday  >:D.
sheesh. My bad! Lol
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 09/06/2015, 08:10 PM
Lol.

I just checked PayPal, almost $90 in under a week  :o.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 09/06/2015, 08:13 PM

Lol.

I just checked PayPal, almost $90 in under a week  :o.
welcome to club addiction. There's no way out now.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 09/06/2015, 08:19 PM
You guys have created a monster  >:D.

At least 2 kilos should last me, hopefully, three weeks.
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Post by: Brett H on 09/06/2015, 08:24 PM
I've ordered some Decaf and some Roaster's Choice from MyCuppa.  I usually roast my own decaf and its chocolatey loveliness is often remarked upon by a much loved friend who is a non-coffee drinker but prefers it to the standard hot chocolate.  A well made quality Decaf is really great.... Trust me. I'm keen to try Jeffs!!!  Will update when said order arrives ;)
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 09/06/2015, 08:31 PM
Please do Brett :).

I think I have become a Jeff fangirl  :thumb:.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 10/06/2015, 03:41 PM
I've ordered some Decaf and some Roaster's Choice from MyCuppa.  I usually roast my own decaf and its chocolatey loveliness is often remarked upon by a much loved friend who is a non-coffee drinker but prefers it to the standard hot chocolate.  A well made quality Decaf is really great.... Trust me. I'm keen to try Jeffs!!!  Will update when said order arrives ;)

It will be interesting to see if we both get the same Roasters Choice.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GeekKopi on 10/06/2015, 04:20 PM
I just went through 1/2 of my 500g batch this morning. Had some friends drop by and we got loaded up on a couple blacks then finished off with a latte. Had to give my machine a backflush after all that hard work. Impressed though as I was pulling shot after shot. Recovery time was quick.

I'll need a two group (or a lever sitting next to my e61) if this keeps happening. I think tax returns are just around the corner.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 10/06/2015, 04:51 PM
They're on their way  :D.

You'll be ordering again in no time too GeekKopi  :P.

I am wanting a lever too, probably a Europiccola. Maybe I will find one under the Christmas tree this year  :coffee2:.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 10/06/2015, 08:33 PM
They're on their way  :D.

You'll be ordering again in no time too GeekKopi  :P.

I am wanting a lever too, probably a Europiccola. Maybe I will find one under the Christmas tree this year  :coffee2:.

I think so too.

Before you settle on the Elektra / europiccola do your due diligence as those little levers are a PITA to surf to the right extraction temp - they need a lot of intervention to get a shot pulled right.  That's just me but others might have different thoughts.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 10/06/2015, 09:12 PM
Will do, I am just in the planning/research stage, nothing definite yet :).
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 11/06/2015, 12:19 PM
did my first roast in my new behmor plus yesterday - 100g of India Elephant Hills AA

And fired it up as a latte this morning!

Roast was very even with nice colouration - 8min to the end of first crack and the start of second - then hit the cool down cycle

coffee only a day old but good aromatics of toasted almonds, turmeric, and caramel

tasted great in the cup very easy to drink with medium body and good aromatics

if it tastes this good now it can only get better

time to fire up the roaster i think!
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Post by: GeekKopi on 11/06/2015, 12:37 PM

did my first roast in my new behmor plus yesterday - 100g of India Elephant Hills AA

And fired it up as a latte this morning!

Roast was very even with nice colouration - 8min to the end of first crack and the start of second - then hit the cool down cycle

coffee only a day old but good aromatics of toasted almonds, turmeric, and caramel

tasted great in the cup very easy to drink with medium body and good aromatics

if it tastes this good now it can only get better

time to fire up the roaster i think!
great work mate. I'll be looking forward to hearing about your roasts. I might even get seated to pull the pin and get one of those bad boys later this year.
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Post by: Kevohere on 11/06/2015, 02:57 PM
coffee only a day old but good aromatics of toasted almonds, turmeric, and caramel

Turmeric you say!
This has started me thinking...... curried coffee  :lamp:

Season the greens overnight in a mixture of turmeric (and cardamom?) powder, remove all excess powder (tumbling between colanders in front of a fan), gently rub the beans with unbleached cotton (old bean bags) to help impregnate spice(s), then roast.  ??? ???

Stop and counsel me now folks if you think I'm having a  :doh: or  :head: 
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Post by: GeekKopi on 11/06/2015, 03:33 PM
I'm about to make a 'un caffè corretto alla "mastika"'
Hopefully I can still taste the mycuppa espresso blend.

I've had this bottle for a few years.

Mastika is a spirit seasoned with mastic. Think Italian "grappa" with a twist.
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 11/06/2015, 04:25 PM
Turmeric you say!
This has started me thinking...... curried coffee  :lamp:

Season the greens overnight in a mixture of turmeric (and cardamom?) powder, remove all excess powder (tumbling between colanders in front of a fan), gently rub the beans with unbleached cotton (old bean bags) to help impregnate spice(s), then roast.  ??? ???

Stop and counsel me now folks if you think I'm having a  :doh: or  :head:

Sounds good -  pretty sure you'd need to massage each bean individually in order to get full effect ...
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 13/06/2015, 10:27 AM
Oh no, I won't be drinking much of anything. I have what looks to be like around 100gms of beans left until my order gets here, I really hoped it would be delivered this morning. I refuse to buy from the rude cafe.
My best chances lie in hoping the local supermarket has some fresh Rios beans or I am in deep  ;D.

Quelle horreur!
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Post by: GeekKopi on 13/06/2015, 12:51 PM

Oh no, I won't be drinking much of anything. I have what looks to be like around 100gms of beans left until my order gets here, I really hoped it would be delivered this morning. I refuse to buy from the rude cafe.
My best chances lie in hoping the local supermarket has some fresh Rios beans or I am in deep  ;D.

Quelle horreur!

I was in a similar situation last weekend. I had no choice but to step out and buy some interim beans while awaiting the arrival from mycuppa. The long weekend screwed me up as auspost was closed.

You have a Nespresso right?
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 13/06/2015, 03:25 PM
All is takes is a little misjudgement and we get stuck lol.
The problem is there is really nowhere around here to buy quality beans. I used to buy from the cafe but I am refusing to line the pockets of rude peoples, I would drink tea before I did that again.

A while back a coffee place not too far from me opened up and as far as I knew they only sold takeaway or dine in coffee but I figured I would ask them on their FB page if they do sell beans and they do so I will choof off and get some shortly- just trying to con hubby in to taking me because I hate driving as it is and their car park is very small :P.

Matt has a Dolce Gusto but I'm not keen on them :P.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 13/06/2015, 05:32 PM
Yessss.

Matt and I choofed off to the new place that has just opened up to grab and emergency bag of beans and of course we couldn't say no to a latte and cappuccino made on their Slayer  :P.
The name of the shop is called Viscous Coffee and is on Beach Road at Christies Beach for anyone who may be in the area, the guy who runs it was really chatty and just a general, all round nice guy .

Anyway I grabbed a bag of his aptly named house blend.

(http://i62.tinypic.com/e7fodf.jpg)
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Post by: Kevohere on 13/06/2015, 07:19 PM
Well done Sue.
Hopefully they'll (SV) turn out to be a nice option for you.
I'm sure we will read the results pretty soon.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 13/06/2015, 07:23 PM
Thanks Kevo, just hoping I can do them some justice  :P.
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Post by: Brett H on 13/06/2015, 08:36 PM
I think so too.

Before you settle on the Elektra / europiccola do your due diligence as those little levers are a PITA to surf to the right extraction temp - they need a lot of intervention to get a shot pulled right.  That's just me but others might have different thoughts.

I love my Pavoni lever and had made some lovely shots on it.  I woulndn't say PITA... I'd say low volume and idiosyncratic.   
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 14/06/2015, 09:16 AM
I love my Pavoni lever and had made some lovely shots on it.  I woulndn't say PITA... I'd say low volume and idiosyncratic.   


Sounds just like me  :D.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 14/06/2015, 05:24 PM
SV is a very, very nice smooth drop. Unfortunately my grinder disagrees.

Is it fair to say that a medium roasted coffee requires a coarser grind than what a darker roast does?
I had to sink around 5 shots before I got anywhere near what it should be  :head:.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 14/06/2015, 07:36 PM

SV is a very, very nice smooth drop. Unfortunately my grinder disagrees.

Is it fair to say that a medium roasted coffee requires a coarser grind than what a darker roast does?
I had to sink around 5 shots before I got anywhere near what it should be  :head:.

Yep. Finer grind for lighter roasts ( and updosing too). Also applies to beans that aren't so fresh.

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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 14/06/2015, 07:52 PM
I had to grind coarser for the medium grind then what I would for a darker roast, I did have to up the dose a smidge too  :-|.

The grinder didn't like it much at all lol.

Beans are nice and fresh :).

Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GeekKopi on 14/06/2015, 10:48 PM
I find the opposite. A darker roast I grind a little coarser. Lighter roast I grind finer and updose to get more out.

For fresh beans it's coarser. For slightly stale it's finer.

When it's humid (the beans attract the moisture) it's coarser.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 15/06/2015, 09:31 AM
Hmm, maybe I just don't know what I am doing  :pan.

I had grind time on 11 and grind on 15, usually I grind on around 7-8.

This morning I had to take Matt to his place of work experience so I switched the machine on before I left sthen it would be ready to rock when I got home.

SV was perfect, even the espresso sip I had was palatable  :coffee2:.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 15/06/2015, 09:54 AM

Hmm, maybe I just don't know what I am doing  :pan.

I had grind time on 11 and grind on 15, usually I grind on around 7-8.

This morning I had to take Matt to his place of work experience so I switched the machine on before I left sthen it would be ready to rock when I got home.

SV was perfect, even the espresso sip I had was palatable  :coffee2:.

You're doing things right. The grind depends on the type of beans (where they are from, the blend, the roast, their age, the weather etc) but as long as you like the shot then you got it right.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 15/06/2015, 09:58 AM
I hope so lol.

It was a perfect 30/30 shot and tasted fantastic, I could easily have drank it as an espresso and that doesn't happen often  :thumb:.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 15/06/2015, 12:45 PM
I am supping on the last of the Sid Viscous now and about to clean the grinder.

My MyCuppa order arrived this morning, 1kg of Espresso and 1kg of Roasters Choice which turned out to be a Colombian.

Decisions, decisions.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GeekKopi on 26/06/2015, 06:14 PM
Aaaaaaand they are down for delivery this morning  :coffee2:.

Hi Sue,

So whats your final verdict on the Suuweet blend?
I just ordered a kilo so they should be here early/mid next week.

R
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 26/06/2015, 07:39 PM
Hi Sue,

So whats your final verdict on the Suuweet blend?
I just ordered a kilo so they should be here early/mid next week.

R

I'm not any good at descriptions Geek but they were a very, very nice blend, smooth and chocolatey. I will definitely order then again.
Sorry I am not much help.

I am just contemplating my order for Monday  :coffee2:.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 26/06/2015, 08:09 PM

I'm not any good at descriptions Geek but they were a very, very nice blend, smooth and chocolatey. I will definitely order then again.
Sorry I am not much help.

I am just contemplating my order for Monday  :coffee2:.
thanks Sue.

Once I get them I'll pull a few shots and make a video (as always).

I'm down to my last few shots of the espresso blend but I have some single origins I'm also going through to get me through.

While my wife was pregnant she craved coffee so all I was giving her was pretty much a few drops extracted with milk (ultra weak latte). Now I make her a weak latte (pour half the shot out) and she complains that it's too strong. She's forgotten what a full strength coffee is like (and wine too).
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 26/06/2015, 08:19 PM
Sorry I can't be more helpful  :P.

Tastes go a bit strange when pregnant, I went off tea and have never really taken back to it.

Gotta watch the caffeine too if she is feeding.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 30/06/2015, 09:06 AM
Has the Suweet landed on your doorstep yet Geek?
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Post by: GeekKopi on 30/06/2015, 09:45 AM

Has the Suweet landed on your doorstep yet Geek?
not yet sue. Was shipped yesterday so hopefully tomorrow.

Eagerly awaiting. I'm running low on my elixir
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 30/06/2015, 10:25 AM
Fingers crossed it won't be long then.
Mine shipped yesterday too. 500gms each (I find 2 kilos that little bit much to get through in 2 weeks) of Panama Boquete, Brazil Cambara and Costa Rica Tarrazu  :coffee2:.
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Post by: Kevohere on 30/06/2015, 12:12 PM
1.5 kg over weeks is still a great effort Sue.

I always enjoy the "looks" I get when telling friends and family that I was averaging 300g a week when I was living alone!
They couldn't understand why I was using "all those beans" to make one cup of coffee when they just use a teaspoon of 'intent' coffee :o.
Until I explained that old advertised "that's why there's 43 beans in every cup" jingle. ::)

I know it (consumption) can depend on the family numbers and individual needs, but still it's obvious that your travels along this  :coffee2: path to date, have been both knowledgeable and enjoyed :exclaim:

Keep it up. (drinking and reporting)
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 30/06/2015, 02:05 PM
Thanks Kevo.

300 gms a week is pretty good going for one I would think. Here we have me drinking it, Matt has a couple a day and my mum is here Mondays and Wednesdays so it all mounts up.

This whole coffee thing has been a blast if not a little frustrating at times. There is still a monumental amount of stuff that is yet to 'click' with me though  :thumb:.
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Post by: Moon on 30/06/2015, 06:24 PM
There is still a monumental amount of stuff that is yet to 'click' with me though  :thumb:.

Ok .. let's get prepared. Firstly .. key in - The rest of my life .. Done.

Roasted up the first of my new 5kg batch of green Costa Rica - Tarrazu ... in my humble popper. Dark roast <-- yeah baby.  :thumb:
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 30/06/2015, 07:55 PM
Done Mr Moon  ;D.

Have you tried the Costa Rica Tarrazu before or is this your first lot?
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Moon on 01/07/2015, 12:26 AM
Have you tried the Costa Rica Tarrazu before or is this your first lot?

It's my 2nd lot. The first was a kilo of CR Tarrazu green and a kilo of an Ethiopian that Brendan from beangreen sent me for the Comp win.
I liked the Tarrazu and it seemed a bargain @ $14 kilo Thought I'd stock up and not having to worry about running out of quality beans  8)
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GeekKopi on 01/07/2015, 09:03 AM
Was enjoying my last cup of espresso from mycuppa then the door bell rang. Talk about timing.

I'll open this up later this morning and 'cup' it.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 01/07/2015, 10:05 AM
It's my 2nd lot. The first was a kilo of CR Tarrazu green and a kilo of an Ethiopian that Brendan from beangreen sent me for the Comp win.
I liked the Tarrazu and it seemed a bargain @ $14 kilo Thought I'd stock up and not having to worry about running out of quality beans  8)

Aahh, I did wonder what you chose from the comp win, now I know :). $14 a kg is a good price. Enjoy!

Was enjoying my last cup of espresso from mycuppa then the door bell rang. Talk about timing.

I'll open this up later this morning and 'cup' it.


You're in for a treat Geek. I was hoping mine would show this morning but it wasn't to be. I have enough to keep me going for a couple of days anyway.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 01/07/2015, 01:00 PM

You're in for a treat Geek. I was hoping mine would show this morning but it wasn't to be. I have enough to keep me going for a couple of days anyway.

The machine is warming up now. I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully I can work my magic and dial in my grinder in 2 goes.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 01/07/2015, 01:16 PM
I am surprised you have held off this long  :P.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GeekKopi on 01/07/2015, 01:47 PM
I am surprised you have held off this long  :P.

Been very busy under the pump working at the milk bar if you know what I mean.
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Post by: Brett H on 01/07/2015, 01:58 PM
Finishing the MyCuppa Columbian.  This is a slightly lighter road than I'm used to but with the machine up a degree or two this is brilliant in milk and as a short black or Macc!  The chocolate gives way to delicate florals... Outstanding MyCuppa!
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 01/07/2015, 02:38 PM
Been very busy under the pump working at the milk bar if you know what I mean.

I think I may have a slight inkling  ;D.

Finishing the MyCuppa Columbian.  This is a slightly lighter road than I'm used to but with the machine up a degree or two this is brilliant in milk and as a short black or Macc!  The chocolate gives way to delicate florals... Outstanding MyCuppa!

I am just finishing mine up too, I have a bit left for a few more cuppas and then I will be onto the next lot. I have to say I have enjoyed every cup I have had from it  :).
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GeekKopi on 01/07/2015, 03:08 PM
Ok. So I've had 3x doubles of the Suweet from mycuppa (5 days post roast). Each double shot was timed to 30 seconds. The only variable was grind fineness.

First double was a ratio of 1:1.
18grams in and 18grams liquid out. Intense and sweet. Great for a walk up ristretto shot

Second double was a ratio of 2:1. So ended up with 36grams in the cup. Again very nice and full bodied. Good for a riz too but not as thick as the 1:1

For a latte I ground finer and got a ratio of around 2.7:1 (48 grams out). Very nice in milk but not as good as a black as the other two prev shots

All in all great coffee. I'll be enjoying this quite a bit.

I might grind a little coarser and see how go to get more volume out of 18g for 2x lattes.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 01/07/2015, 03:22 PM
You'll be bouncing off the walls  :coffee2:.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 01/07/2015, 03:28 PM

You'll be bouncing off the walls  :coffee2:.
i timed it right. 30 mins before my gym workout. So all good.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 01/07/2015, 03:34 PM
It should be a great workout then  ;D.
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Post by: Brett H on 01/07/2015, 10:36 PM
Who's going to help you get the Dumbbells off the roof?
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Post by: GeekKopi on 01/07/2015, 10:37 PM
It should be a great workout then  ;D.
Well I won't be doing that in a hurry again. 3x doubles in a row. I was buzzing for a bit.

I didn't want to sink any shots as all three were great so I had to down them into my stomach.

So no more coffee tonight but instead Friday has come early and now I'm having a nice ale.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 02/07/2015, 09:12 AM
Lol, oh well, today is a new day and all that, you can start again  ;D.


My MyCuppa order is down for delivery this morning  :coffee2:.



The eagle has landed.
Title: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: GeekKopi on 03/07/2015, 11:59 PM
I'm really getting beautiful and  sweet ristrettos out of the Suweet blend from mycuppa. A tight grind yields a very nice 30ml double riz full of body.

Drip drip drip drip drip drip drip then starts flowing softly. Smashed a few tonight with family.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 04/07/2015, 09:15 AM
More wall bouncing for you Geek  >:D.


I think the Suuweet blend is a bit of an all round crowd pleaser myself.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 04/07/2015, 07:51 PM

More wall bouncing for you Geek  >:D.


I think the Suuweet blend is a bit of an all round crowd pleaser myself.
i need the buzz sue. Sleep is now a luxury so caffeine is now more important than ever.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 06/07/2015, 03:55 PM
Yep, yep, the first few weeks are the worst :(.
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Post by: bcspark on 10/07/2015, 02:30 PM
Just finished Columbian Geisha Cruz opened a 6 bean roast,Rawanda Nyungwe and Inzuvu,Indo Blue Batok,Maui Mokka,Indo Wahana and Mexico Yani Nava no weights noted but mixed in 2kg bag left for three days,total roast 1.3kg done in KKTOin two batches.Sent 550grms south,opened and drank triple rs till my KenyanAA matured,now in grinder.Balance 6bean mix has gone to cold brew.This blend has produced stunning espresso and outstanding cold brew.Forgot to record drinking and sharing the last of the heavenly Grand Cruz enjoyed by all
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 12/07/2015, 10:55 AM
Just finished Columbian Geisha Cruz opened a 6 bean roast,Rawanda Nyungwe and Inzuvu,Indo Blue Batok,Maui Mokka,Indo Wahana and Mexico Yani Nava no weights noted but mixed in 2kg bag left for three days,total roast 1.3kg done in KKTOin two batches.Sent 550grms south,opened and drank triple rs till my KenyanAA matured,now in grinder.Balance 6bean mix has gone to cold brew.This blend has produced stunning espresso and outstanding cold brew.Forgot to record drinking and sharing the last of the heavenly Grand Cruz enjoyed by all


The Grand Cruz winds me by name alone  ^-^.

Tomorrow is ordering day for me, I am yet undecided on what to order. I am on the last of the 3 500 gm bags I ordered last fortnight, The Brazilian Cambara.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 12/07/2015, 10:58 AM


The Grand Cruz winds me by name alone  ^-^.

Tomorrow is ordering day for me, I am yet undecided on what to order. I am on the last of the 3 500 gm bags I ordered last fortnight, The Brazilian Cambara.
CB the way your coffee consumption is going it might be worth investing in a behmor roaster and buying green.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 12/07/2015, 11:49 AM
CB the way your coffee consumption is going it might be worth investing in a behmor roaster and buying green.


Many a true word is spoken in jest or something like that  :P.

I was seriously of thinking of making one my Christmas present this year  :angel:.

I do need to cut back though because nearly half of my daily calorie allowance is going in milk  :'(.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 22/07/2015, 12:52 PM
well i pulled the first double riz today. 19grams in of CENTRE WAY GRAND CRU from Mycuppa.
I need to tighten the grind a tad and cut the shot a little shorter but since I was 'taping' I cut it a tad late.

nonetheless, i did taste honey sweetness, caramel and hint of vanilla were there, fruity finish (but not overpowering), body was great, aroma was inviting, colour was intense, the pour had nice tiger striping..

video here: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=601038546702288
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 22/07/2015, 02:58 PM
Junior just made me watch that video 4 days lol.

I'll definitely be grabbing some of that next order. I have been eying it off for a while now  :coffee2:.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 24/07/2015, 12:27 PM

Junior just made me watch that video 4 days lol.

I'll definitely be grabbing some of that next order. I have been eying it off for a while now  :coffee2:.
really enjoying centre way. Had guests over this morning and made a dozen double shots back to back, some with milk and they were raving about the coffee. Might order another kg soon as this one won't last long.

Now it's time to clean the machine after its workout.
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 24/07/2015, 01:06 PM
All is takes is a little misjudgement and we get stuck lol.
The problem is there is really nowhere around here to buy quality beans. I used to buy from the cafe but I am refusing to line the pockets of rude peoples, I would drink tea before I did that again.

A while back a coffee place not too far from me opened up and as far as I knew they only sold takeaway or dine in coffee but I figured I would ask them on their FB page if they do sell beans and they do so I will choof off and get some shortly- just trying to con hubby in to taking me because I hate driving as it is and their car park is very small :P.

Matt has a Dolce Gusto but I'm not keen on them :P.

get yourself a 2nd hand bread maker and a heat gun and roast your own - easily on par with cafe quality IMHO!
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Post by: Dry bean. on 24/07/2015, 03:13 PM
get yourself a 2nd hand bread maker and a heat gun and roast your own - easily on par with cafe quality IMHO!

Spot on Pat, I'd back my Coretto (bread maker heat gun) against any other domestic roaster on the market.

An added benefit is set up right they will easily roast a batch of 750 grams.

Benefits are, easy and inexpensive to set up , the whole thing can be built for less than $200, reliable, consistent, will roast much larger batches than other commercially available home roasters.

Been roasting on mine for about 8 years, see no reason to change. :thumb:
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 25/07/2015, 11:45 AM
get yourself a 2nd hand bread maker and a heat gun and roast your own - easily on par with cafe quality IMHO!

I need to do something, I have almost run out of beans and order day is not until Monday. I am probably going to have to head out and buy some locally.

Surely it isn't as simple as just a heat gun and a malfunctioning bread maker? Are these set ups usable inside?

Spot on Pat, I'd back my Coretto (bread maker heat gun) against any other domestic roaster on the market.

An added benefit is set up right they will easily roast a batch of 750 grams.

Benefits are, easy and inexpensive to set up , the whole thing can be built for less than $200, reliable, consistent, will roast much larger batches than other commercially available home roasters.

Been roasting on mine for about 8 years, see no reason to change. :thumb:

8 years is a good run.
I have been thinking about Behmor or the Gene Cafe Roaster, obviously no firm decision has been made  :coffee2:.
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Post by: Dry bean. on 25/07/2015, 12:11 PM
I need to do something, I have almost run out of beans and order day is not until Monday. I am probably going to have to head out and buy some locally.

Surely it isn't as simple as just a heat gun and a malfunctioning bread maker? Are these set ups usable inside?

8 years is a good run.
I have been thinking about Behmor or the Gene Cafe Roaster, obviously no firm decision has been made  :coffee2:.

They really are pretty simple to set up Sue.

Main components are, bread maker, heat gun, digital multi meter (to keep track of temp) an exhaust fan to make up a bean cooler.

No, they are not suitable for inside use, shed or outside only, they do generate a lot of smoke and chaff.

Pic below of my setup, the pic below shows just how simple roasting can be, all I used was a dog bowl, heat gun and a length of stick as a stirrer, the beans turn out remarkably well. :)
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Post by: GeekKopi on 25/07/2015, 12:58 PM

They really are pretty simple to set up Sue.

Main components are, bread maker, heat gun, digital multi meter (to keep track of temp) an exhaust fan to make up a bean cooler.

No, they are not suitable for inside use, shed or outside only, they do generate a lot of smoke and chaff.

Pic below of my setup, the pic below shows just how simple roasting can be, all I used was a dog bowl, heat gun and a length of stick as a stirrer, the beans turn out remarkably well. :)
the first pic looks like your cooking the dogs some kibble. Love it!
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 25/07/2015, 06:36 PM
Thank you both :).

I am open to different roasting methods, hubby not so much. When the time comes I will look further into things.

Thank you both once again :).
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Post by: GeekKopi on 25/07/2015, 07:41 PM

Thank you both :).

I am open to different roasting methods, hubby not so much. When the time comes I will look further into things.

Thank you both once again :).
the gene roaster looks industrial and oh so sweet!!!
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Post by: Dry bean. on 25/07/2015, 08:46 PM
the gene roaster looks industrial and oh so sweet!!!

The tiny green bean capacity would kill it for me, 300 grams of green in = approx 250 grams of roasted beans out, not much more than a couple of hands full, I'd be roasting 3 times a week.

Pic of my tamping block with Orphan Espresso funnel in situ. :)
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Post by: bcspark on 26/07/2015, 08:21 AM
I need to do something, I have almost run out of beans and order day is not until Monday. I am probably going to have to head out and buy some locally.

Surely it isn't as simple as just a heat gun and a malfunctioning bread maker? Are these set ups usable inside?

8 years is a good run.
I have been thinking about Behmor or the Gene Cafe Roaster, obviously no firm decision has been made  :coffee2:.
Sue, if I may call you that,there are not many roasters that do 300-750 grm batches that are indoor machines.Smoke and chaff are the culprits.I have a KKTO,HOTTOP,CORRETTO  AND BABY FZ7OO all are outdoor.If you have a rain proof patio then you have a roasting area.My corretto is surplus to my needs and is listed in the sale forum,the price is mainly for the heat gun.Add to this a CS meter with probe download software and use a lap top you will have a roaster that will meet all your needs. Cheers Barry
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 26/07/2015, 11:22 AM
the gene roaster looks industrial and oh so sweet!!!

Don't they just  ^-^.

The tiny green bean capacity would kill it for me, 300 grams of green in = approx 250 grams of roasted beans out, not much more than a couple of hands full, I'd be roasting 3 times a week.

Pic of my tamping block with Orphan Espresso funnel in situ. :)

I probably need to cut back a bit anyway  >:D.

Sue, if I may call you that,there are not many roasters that do 300-750 grm batches that are indoor machines.Smoke and chaff are the culprits.I have a KKTO,HOTTOP,CORRETTO  AND BABY FZ7OO all are outdoor.If you have a rain proof patio then you have a roasting area.My corretto is surplus to my needs and is listed in the sale forum,the price is mainly for the heat gun.Add to this a CS meter with probe download software and use a lap top you will have a roaster that will meet all your needs. Cheers Barry

Sure you can  :).

I actually had a quick go once in a pop corn popper, whether or not they were any good is probably pretty subjective lol.
No outdoor sheltered area here, we have even lost the car port due to unexpected babies coming along and having to build it in to make another bedroom  ;D. I'll go and have a look at your set up, thanks :).
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Post by: bcspark on 27/07/2015, 06:44 AM
Just had a tripple res of Ethiopian Biftu Gesha a heirloom dry processed bean post roast 8 days. What a bueaty and am told reaches its peak at 10 days post.My old palate came alive with the floral,fruity,silky pour and the lingering chocalate after taste.I love it ,love it,love it.
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Post by: bcspark on 04/08/2015, 04:47 AM
Add to the Gesha a Panamanian La Esmeralda Palmyra roasted to 4deg into second crack.This is a medium bodied, intense flavour of citrus and spices finishing with a lingering chocolate spice after taste.These same come from the hopper before and at grinding.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 05/08/2015, 12:26 PM
Cosmorex Nitro. Nitro by name and nitro by nature, she sure is strong  :coffee2:.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 20/08/2015, 12:22 PM
I'm currently drinking the Maling Rooms black mamba that has been modified with an additional Colombian. It has added a bit more body to an already beautiful coffee.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 22/08/2015, 08:59 PM
I'm just finishing off a bag of Centre Way  :P.
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Post by: bcspark on 23/08/2015, 04:11 AM
Iam enjoying Hawaii Kona Kaniepi home roasted
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 24/08/2015, 12:40 PM
im drinking a home roasted Malawi AA and its 7 days post roast and absolutely delicious!

P
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Post by: GeekKopi on 27/08/2015, 06:24 PM
I'm drinking my second batch of Butcher 128s blend from the Maling Room. So good.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: bcspark on 09/09/2015, 04:52 AM
In my grinder is Brazil Deterra Sunrise roasted just at 2nd crack in the HotTop.Finding not quite to my liking and have decided I am not a fan of Brazils.
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Post by: Lwowiak on 09/09/2015, 09:10 AM
Hi bcspark,
With Brazils, I have found that they need a slow gentle approach to first crack, and stopped before 2nd crack. Too long between 1st and 2nd does not improve the taste. I have had mixed results, and came to the conclusion that most (not all) of the Daterra and Monte Alegre coffees are good for blends. There are many other Brazilian estates that are excellent as a SO, and I have had some lovely micro lots. These Brazils are difficult to buy as a home roaster, as without connections the only option is to buy a 60kg bag (or more, depending on MOQ's).

I still find that Brazils can be enhanced by the addition of one or two other origins. It all depends on what you seek from the coffee, how you prepare it, and of course, individual preferences.

I once bought the same Brazil SO, roasted by two different roasters. Though the roast date was 7 days apart, it still enabled me to judge the differences. It was surprising that one was excellent, while the other was just OK. Roast profiles can make a big difference.
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Post by: bcspark on 10/09/2015, 04:18 AM
Thanks  Lowowiak   A very constructive comment and is appreciated.I am a definate SO roaster and drinker of tripple espressos. I will use the balance of the Brazil in a blend ,using high end SOs to satisfy my very old palate,
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Post by: Fresh Coffee on 10/09/2015, 12:42 PM
...
With Brazils, I have found that they need a slow gentle approach to first crack, and stopped before 2nd crack. Too long between 1st and 2nd does not improve the taste. I have had mixed results, and came to the conclusion that most (not all) of the Daterra and Monte Alegre coffees are good for blends. There are many other Brazilian estates that are excellent as a SO, and I have had some lovely micro lots. These Brazils are difficult to buy as a home roaster, as without connections the only option is to buy a 60kg bag (or more, depending on MOQ's).

I still find that Brazils can be enhanced by the addition of one or two other origins. It all depends on what you seek from the coffee, how you prepare it, and of course, individual preferences....

Hi, yes, "soft" coffees, very dependent on roast technique/profiles/management/handling....and lovely when done right. The last part of the quote is spot on. Take into consideration all FAQ brazils, and you will find they are the basis of possibly the greatest majority of blends sold commercially world wide. For home use you will use higher grades, but it can be much the same scenario.

I would also mention not to get too hung up on the whole "SO" thing. Blending is a good thing and when done well will result in awesome (in the cup) coffee.

And so as not to go off topic.. I am finishing off some "experimental" beans. I bought some of the "new" Australian roasted Aldi offerings. Why? To try them out, and adjudicate for myself.  The verdict? Neither their "medium" not "dark" roasts are "good" as espresso. Don't need to go into specifics. However when turned into standard capps//lartays/flat whites (what most consumers in this market are drinking), no problem perfectly "acceptable" when made well.

Purely for use in standard milk coffees, excellent value for money owing to extremely low price (10.99/kg). Don't buy if you drink blacks. Did not try brewing using "third wave" type technique now becoming main stream in many cafes (extra deep filter baskets in naked group handle to make one only coffee, finer than "std" grind, using machines with PID capability to increase/decrease brew temp to make all that work in the cup). I doubt those blends ("commodity" type) would have been designed or roasted to be brewed in that way.

Regardless, the experiment over I will be going back to my "regular" beans even if they retail for three times the price.

This has been done purely for the interest of coffee and presents an unbiased "truthful" judgment. Same as when some years ago, I encouraged  clients in this market to stop maligning "robusta" and judge it and use it for what it is, and now people accept that it has a (legitimate) purpose.  :)
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Post by: Brett H on 10/09/2015, 09:49 PM
I tried Aldi beans a year or two ago and was impressed back then, possibly as my expectations were not high.  Having said that I found that they went stale very quickly and certainly had no Wow or Yummy moments.  Good to see that even the mighty FC doesn't mind slumming it in the name of research ;).  Start extolling the virtues of Aldi's pod offerings however and we'll know you've been abducted by Aliens!
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Post by: GeekKopi on 10/09/2015, 10:56 PM

I tried Aldi beans a year or two ago and was impressed back then, possibly as my expectations were not high.  Having said that I found that they went stale very quickly and certainly had no Wow or Yummy moments.  Good to see that even the mighty FC doesn't mind slumming it in the name of research ;).  Start extolling the virtues of Aldi's pod offerings however and we'll know you've been abducted by Aliens!
speaking of Aldi pods my brother in law swears by them and his Aldi pod machine. In saying that he has gone through a pod machine every 6 months for the last couple years and he does add 3 teaspoons of sugar per drink.
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Post by: Kevohere on 11/09/2015, 08:18 AM
So he's not as much swearing by the Aldi pod machine and their coffee, but more so an admission to an addiction :question: (sugar)  :-[
Unfortunately, he is by far not alone with this common mind set.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 11/09/2015, 08:49 AM

So he's not as much swearing by the Aldi pod machine and their coffee, but more so an admission to an addiction :question: (sugar)  :-[
Unfortunately, he is by far not alone with this common mind set.

Yep. He's got a sugar addiction.

However when he comes over and I make his long blacks and double rizs I lie about how much sugar is in them. I usually add just one teaspoon otherwise he can tell. I feel like I waste my coffee. Next time I'll just put Nescafé in the PF basket. /evilplot
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Post by: GeekKopi on 04/10/2015, 07:57 AM
Desperate for coffee yesterday I went to a new (under new management) local just down the road to grab some coffee. The previous owners had proud Mary coffee but the new guys had Di-Manfredi from Sydney. Never heard of them so I grabbed a bag of the Classico blend of arabicas and robusta.

What can I say. Classic blend, smooth, heaps of body and chocolate. Medium roast. Very impressed.
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Post by: Brett H on 04/10/2015, 09:37 AM
Excellent mate!  I was gifted a bag of Ashton's Australian grown coffee and I've been drinking that. It's a Medium Dark roast and I've been enjoying it very much.  I googled them and was surprised at their prices.  I'm going to grab some of their greens and another pack of roasted.  I've had Aussie coffee before and frankly never been impressed.  This is good.
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Post by: Fresh Coffee on 04/10/2015, 11:13 AM
Desperate for coffee yesterday I went to a new (under new management) local just down the road to grab some coffee. The previous owners had proud Mary coffee but the new guys had Di-Manfredi from Sydney. Never heard of them so I grabbed a bag of the Classico blend of arabicas and robusta.

What can I say. Classic blend, smooth, heaps of body and chocolate. Medium roast. Very impressed.

I have often got myself in big trouble for telling the truth, especially as the truth doesnt always suit everyone's agenda (you know the deal...."...they cant handle the truth.." etc etc etc.). The truth in this case if memory serves correct, is this "brand" comes from within the big v's range of products (or used to), gasp horror,  and is usually used in cafes or restaurants portraying a certain "image"..... These days it is not coffee politically correct to note that often enough, FAQ offerings from some "commodity" roasters as branded for a better quality market, can make quite acceptable / reasonable drinking blends (in our predominantly milk coffee market) and are only mucked up (same caveats as usual) if treated / made badly or are on the way to being stale.

With all the carry on over over "specialty coffee" these days, people tend to conveniently forget that, so I am glad you enjoyed it and have given your honest opinion  ;)

Of course, how large commodity roasters get these brands into "cafes or restaurants protraying a certain image" in the first place, is another story and doesnt have to have anything to do with quality, most often its actually about sales politics.

Let your taste buds do the talking.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 04/10/2015, 11:20 AM
I have often got myself in big trouble for telling the truth, especially as the truth doesnt always suit everyone's agenda (you know the deal...."...they cant handle the truth.." etc etc etc.). The truth in this case if memory serves correct, is this "brand" comes from within the big v's range of products (or used to), gasp horror,  and is usually used in restaurants portraying a certain "image"..... These days it is not coffee politically correct to note that often enough, FAQ offerings from some "commodity" roasters as branded for a better quality market, can make quite acceptable / reasonable drinking blends and are only mucked up (same caveats as usual) if treated / made badly or are on the way to being stale.

With all the carry on over over "specialty coffee" these days, people tend to conveniently forget that, so I am glad you enjoyed it and have given an honest opinion  ;)

Thanks FC. it's very good espresso coffee I've had a few shots since grabbing a bag recently roasted and have had it with milk and straight up. This blend has brought me
back to the reason i first enjoyed espresso straight up. The robusta in a great blend does add the body I really enjoy.

I'm not much of a third wave guy, in fact I don't like it period. I enjoy old skool espresso that's smooth and well balanced.

I do however enjoy a SO every now and then but it's blends for me first up.
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Post by: Brett H on 04/10/2015, 03:12 PM
Oh surely no FC!  I try never to drink a coffee that comes from an estate with more than seven plants and the beans have to fly no less than business class!!  I demand my roaster to wear a tux, have roasting-plant detailing by KVW and roast each bean individually. 

I'm also constantly cranky, amazed and surprised about the price of specialty coffee. 

One of the best coffees I had in Sydney recently was from a commodity roaster and a Wega machine.  I don't even think the grinder was a mazzer.... GASP!
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Post by: GeekKopi on 04/10/2015, 03:52 PM

Oh surely no FC!  I try never to drink a coffee that comes from an estate with more than seven plants and the beans have to fly no less than business class!!  I demand my roaster to wear a tux, have roasting-plant detailing by KVW and roast each bean individually. 

I'm also constantly cranky, amazed and surprised about the price of specialty coffee. 

One of the best coffees I had in Sydney recently was from a commodity roaster and a Wega machine.  I don't even think the grinder was a mazzer.... GASP!
literally lol "roast each bean individually"
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Post by: Brett H on 05/10/2015, 12:01 AM
;)
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Post by: shortblackman on 23/04/2016, 10:56 PM
Well I have a clear preference for floral, fruity aromatic Ethiopians.

But last week I got a bag of Brazil Bom Jesus (via beanhunter subscription), which I really liked. And Mrs SBM prefers it in her caps.Then I got another bag of same from Maling Room. Great, creamy feel.

So while the yirgs (etc) remain my favourite, I have found a totally different coffee that I can go for, which is very exciting for me.

Ps the beanhunter thing is really good for me, ensuring I get out of my taste/ preference comfort zone. Recommend.

Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Brett H on 24/04/2016, 09:42 AM
Oooo yum!!  The best Yirg I've ever had was from Cosmorex Coffee in Canberra!  It tied in those notes you mentioned but wrapped them up in a subtle chocolate parcel.  I don't keep wine or coffee tasting notes anymore because my life now has meaning; but, if I find a Yirg as good I'd be compelled to open the book.  If you're after the ultimate berry-chocolate experience then MyCuppa has a terrific blend and one of you will hopefully kindly remind of its name....?
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 24/04/2016, 11:35 AM
Oooo yum!!  The best Yirg I've ever had was from Cosmorex Coffee in Canberra!  It tied in those notes you mentioned but wrapped them up in a subtle chocolate parcel.  I don't keep wine or coffee tasting notes anymore because my life now has meaning; but, if I find a Yirg as good I'd be compelled to open the book.  If you're after the ultimate berry-chocolate experience then MyCuppa has a terrific blend and one of you will hopefully kindly remind of its name....?

Berry Apocalypse?

I keep meaning to order some of those. I will get there one day as they have me intrigued.


Currently drinking home roasted Ethiopian Limu Kossa.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Dry bean. on 24/04/2016, 11:42 AM
Berry Apocalypse?

I keep meaning to order some of those. I will get there one day as they have me intrigued.


Currently drinking home roasted Ethiopian Limu Kossa.

Hows the roasting going now Sue? :)
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 24/04/2016, 12:22 PM
Hows the roasting going now Sue? :)

I have noticed a definite improvement since I first started.

In fact, I am just about to get my roast on when Junior No 1 gets out of the kitchen so I will get hubby on the end of his camera and post some pics.
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Post by: shortblackman on 25/04/2016, 08:14 PM
Berry Apocalypse?

I keep meaning to order some of those. I will get there one day as they have me intrigued.


Currently drinking home roasted Ethiopian Limu Kossa.

Yes, Berry apocalypse. Tried it, but my personal preference is for his Yirg.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 26/04/2016, 08:47 AM
Yes, Berry apocalypse. Tried it, but my personal preference is for his Yirg.

I think I may have had his Yirggy too, I am not very faithful when it comes to beans, I want to try them all lol.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Dry bean. on 26/04/2016, 10:25 AM
I'm drinking India Elephant hills Monsooned at the moment.

Lovely syrupy pours, intense earthy chocolate flavours and a crema monster, one of the best SO's I've roasted in ages. :thumb: 
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 26/04/2016, 12:57 PM
I am currently on the Ethiopian Limu Kossa, I don't think I am a fan to be honest but waste not, want not and all that.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 26/04/2016, 02:15 PM
home made blend

40 per cent burundi
40 per cent peru
20 per cent cuba

100 per cent delicious !!!!!!!!!!!!!! >:D
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Post by: Dry bean. on 26/04/2016, 06:20 PM
Have to admit I don't blend, strincly SO's, must be something in the old adage (neither a borrower nor a blender be) ;)
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Post by: LeroyC on 26/04/2016, 07:43 PM
home made blend

40 per cent burundi
40 per cent peru
20 per cent cuba

100 per cent delicious !!!!!!!!!!!!!! >:D


What Burundi and Peru do you have? I gather you've roasted them yourself, how did you tackle them?
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 27/04/2016, 01:52 PM
Dominican Republic Soliman.

I did have some Costa Rican El Beneficio in the hopper until I knocked the hopper off and all the beans came tumbling out and mixed with ground coffee on the cupboard top so I had to bin it :(.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Kevohere on 27/04/2016, 03:42 PM
Dominican Republic Soliman.

I did have some Costa Rican El Beneficio in the hopper until I knocked the hopper off and all the beans came tumbling out and mixed with ground coffee on the cupboard top so I had to bin it :(.

Surely there's a strainer/sifter somewhere in the kitchen Sue??
(Unless of course, there could have been "other" contaminates on the cupboard top?) ::)
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Fresh Coffee on 27/04/2016, 04:51 PM
In the last week I have been drinking our Esperence blend, our highest scoring Silver medal winner (we won 6 silvers) at MICE, in my morning capp yew cheeno  ;D

Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 28/04/2016, 08:30 AM
Surely there's a strainer/sifter somewhere in the kitchen Sue??
(Unless of course, there could have been "other" contaminates on the cupboard top?) ::)

To be honest Kevo I have had a really crappy couple of days and it was kind of the straw that broke the camels back, I was beyond giving a toss and it was pure luck that the tamper didn't end up going through the kitchen window.

It's just been one of those rough patches  :(.
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Post by: Fresh Coffee on 28/04/2016, 09:23 AM
I know the feeling  ;D
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 28/04/2016, 09:39 AM
I know the feeling  ;D

Today is another day, or something like that  ::).
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Kevohere on 28/04/2016, 12:23 PM
To be honest Kevo I have had a really crappy couple of days and it was kind of the straw that broke the camels back, I was beyond giving a toss and it was pure luck that the tamper didn't end up going through the kitchen window.

It's just been one of those rough patches  :(.

Yup, "been there done that".  :-[
It's just as well that knowing "those rough patches" allow an appreciation and enjoyment of the many smooth ones in life.  :coffee2:
 :thumb: :thumb:
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 28/04/2016, 01:58 PM
Yup, "been there done that".  :-[
It's just as well that knowing "those rough patches" allow an appreciation and enjoyment of the many smooth ones in life.  :coffee2:
 :thumb: :thumb:

That is true too, sometimes it is just hard to see that far ahead though.
I guess it will pass  :-|.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 10/05/2016, 09:51 AM
I am currently on the tail end of a blended batch I threw together to be rid of some bag ends, Dominican Republic Soliman and Java Kali Bendo. I think it works and junior is certainly enjoying it  :coffee2:.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: LeroyC on 13/05/2016, 08:37 PM
I've been trying some blends as well, mostly for milk drinks. I put together a really nice one a couple of weeks ago and haven't really managed to improve on it. This week's blend wasn't bad, but still not as good. The good ones have been Brazilian based, with some Timor and another one or two origins for highlights (such as Mexican).

But lunchtime today was the Timor on its own in a latte, which was very enjoyable:
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Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: LeroyC on 14/05/2016, 07:40 AM
I just tried the Timor FTO as an espresso. Wow! Soooo nice. Full bodied, medium acidity, huge crema and actually fairly sweet, so I must've really nailed the roast on this batch.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160513/b49fc45baae36d2208cfcadf0e80d085.jpg)
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Brett H on 14/05/2016, 09:53 AM
Okay Leroy... Now I need another coffee.  I hope mine is as good as yours.  I'm drinking a DiBella sourced Peruvian that I roasted to the first snaps of second crack.  It's a typical mild Peruvian that looks amazing, smells terrific and would be better in a blend for my tastes.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 14/05/2016, 10:52 AM
Ministry Grounds Mexico Oaxaca at the mo  :coffee2:.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: LeroyC on 14/05/2016, 12:09 PM
Ministry Grounds Mexico Oaxaca at the mo  :coffee2:.

How did you go roasting this Sue? They're the hardest bean I've had so far and I had to really hit them with some serious heat to get a good result. Very nice as an espresso now that I've got the roast right.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 14/05/2016, 02:48 PM
I did ok with them, Leroy, I opted for P1, once 1st crack started I hit P2 then let it go until just before anticipated 2nd crack then hit cool.
This was a 200 gm batch.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: LeroyC on 14/05/2016, 08:45 PM
I did ok with them, Leroy, I opted for P1, once 1st crack started I hit P2 then let it go until just before anticipated 2nd crack then hit cool.
This was a 200 gm batch.

I did the same for the first batch I roasted, but it was bigger (250g I think?) so I felt it ended up a bit underdone. The 2nd batch went better as I dropped the size to 200g from memory and I think I went into manual mode at 100% when the fan kicked in.
I like these beans. They don't really go with milk in their own, but make a nice espresso and are great in an espresso blend as a highlight at <20%.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Fresh Coffee on 16/05/2016, 10:22 AM
A very nice well rounded New Guinea coffee for the last few days. Will finish this morning.

By the way Sue, were you supplied with any info regarding the locality or plantation name of the Oaxacan coffee? This area (actually, a state of Mexico so a large enough area, but with most of its plantations to the south in the Sierra del Surr) is a "pet" interest of mine and I've visited and stayed in some of its coffee growing areas, so it would be nice to know where your coffee is from if the info was supplied to you  :) I am imagining it is probably a "pluma" coffee.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 17/05/2016, 09:32 AM
I did the same for the first batch I roasted, but it was bigger (250g I think?) so I felt it ended up a bit underdone. The 2nd batch went better as I dropped the size to 200g from memory and I think I went into manual mode at 100% when the fan kicked in.
I like these beans. They don't really go with milk in their own, but make a nice espresso and are great in an espresso blend as a highlight at <20%.

I have just been sticking to 200gms at a time, 400gms is probably more practical but I am still at the want to try everything phase so I like to move on quickly :D.

I drank them with milk and quite enjoyed them but it is safe to say my palette is far from developed  :coffee2:.

A very nice well rounded New Guinea coffee for the last few days. Will finish this morning.

By the way Sue, were you supplied with any info regarding the locality or plantation name of the Oaxacan coffee? This area (actually, a state of Mexico so a large enough area, but with most of its plantations to the south in the Sierra del Surr) is a "pet" interest of mine and I've visited and stayed in some of its coffee growing areas, so it would be nice to know where your coffee is from if the info was supplied to you  :) I am imagining it is probably a "pluma" coffee.

Mexico is one of my dream places that I would like to go one day :).

This is all I have (taken from Ministry Ground website),

Region: Oaxaca
Producer: Collective of small farms
Soil: Volcanic
Processing: Washed
Varietal: Bourbon, Mundo Novo, Typica
Altitude: 2000 masl




Currently drinking Ethiopia Sidamo.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Fresh Coffee on 18/05/2016, 10:37 AM
Thanks for that Sue.

Shame they dont advise what collective, it doesnt need to be a secret as no one is going to try and circumvent the importer by trying to go direct to the coop...unless you actually happen to be there and buy 500 grams for personal consumption. Importation from these areas is too hard except for the very dedicated that want some kind of commercial quantity.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 19/05/2016, 10:47 AM
You're welcome.

I don't know, far from it, but maybe they don't think that sort of info would be of any interest to the general public like me. Just a guess of course and I could be way off :).


Currently drinking  Colombia Finca Veracruz.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Brett H on 11/11/2016, 08:28 PM
I have in my hot little hands a pack from a MyCuppa of a Pony Express (if you don't subscribe to the MyCuppa Newsletter you're missing out... majorly) and a AA PNG that smells amazing (roaster's choice).   Once again I am shocked at the value for money on offer by Jeff at MyCuppa. 
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Lwowiak on 12/08/2017, 09:13 AM
My family and I have been enjoying a magnificent coffee over the past few days.
 A Brazil Ipanema Yellow Bourbon microlot. A natural processed from Fazenda Rio Verde.
Balanced acidity with a lasting aftertaste of mulberries, raspberries and turkish delight. A creamy body with a slight sweet milk chocolate finish in a milk based drink.
As an espresso, or with milk, it has been praised by the increasing number of people who just happen to pop around.

I had it as a flat white on Thursday morning before driving into Brisbane for a meeting. I could still taste it over an hour later. I joined my colleagues for a coffee (at a reputable venue), and was so disappointed with the coffee that was served. It did not compare. A pleasant reminder of the quality of coffee served at home.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Brett H on 12/08/2017, 11:28 AM
Yes!!  I was sorry to miss yo yesterday mate but am really grateful for the bean delivery.  They look and smell so fresh compared to other green bean offerings on other sites and if they're anywhere near as good as your last lot I'll be ecstatic!
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Simon on 12/08/2017, 11:43 AM
My family and I have been enjoying a magnificent coffee over the past few days.
 A Brazil Ipanema Yellow Bourbon microlot. A natural processed from Fazenda Rio Verde.
Balanced acidity with a lasting aftertaste of mulberries, raspberries and turkish delight. A creamy body with a slight sweet milk chocolate finish in a milk based drink.
As an espresso, or with milk, it has been praised by the increasing number of people who just happen to pop around.

I had it as a flat white on Thursday morning before driving into Brisbane for a meeting. I could still taste it over an hour later. I joined my colleagues for a coffee (at a reputable venue), and was so disappointed with the coffee that was served. It did not compare. A pleasant reminder of the quality of coffee served at home.
Ah just stumbled upon this thread, great idea! Ah wow that Brazil bean sounds incredible, what a treat, and those coffees that you can still taste for hours afterwards... *drooling*

Whilst I'm letting my Harrar beans rest a little more, I only drank half the shots when I was trying to dial them in (so as not to overconsume XD), and chucked the rest in a cup in the fridge, just for fun and to see what they taste like in a few days.

So as blasphemous as it is (and as I had no other coffee around), decided to boil the kettle, fill a cup, and pour equivalent of a double shot (cold, and about 40g worth) over the hot water, and drink it is a long black.

Was actually surprised, and I quite enjoyed it! Of course definitely doesn't compare with a freshly made long black by any means, you could tell haha, but still had alot of nice flavours coming through! Something worth considering rather than dumping extra shots down the sink :)
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Post by: Brett H on 12/08/2017, 01:35 PM
Beats instant and certainly beats Nespresso!
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Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 13/08/2017, 09:35 AM
Roasting a Columbia and PNG blend today. Yum :)
K Bean - Coffee Machines (https://www.kbean.com.au/)


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Post by: Simon on 13/08/2017, 01:32 PM
Oh that sounds delish......
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Simon on 22/08/2017, 10:57 AM
Just tried the washed Kenya AA beans at day 9 post-roast as an espresso... wwwowza haha, incredible. Even from a complete guesstimate of what grind/dose for a first shot!

Was even quite a fast pour with 21g in and 45g out in 20s, but poured really evenly, beautiful orangey-mandarin flavours, zesty acidity, just delicious! Didn't expect that taste from a super fast pour, thought it would be much more sour haha
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Post by: LeroyC on 25/08/2017, 08:24 PM
A 50/50 blend of Colombia ASPRO Timana and Monsoon Malabar made for a very tasty espresso yesterday.

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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 29/08/2017, 11:53 AM
im drinking an Ecuador Hakuna Matata single estate coffee from Five Senses at the moment - its so fresh that its still vigorously degassing, so the palate is still a bit flat as well, but despite that the nose is amazing!

It smells like a mixture of yeast flakes combined with some exotic fruit, and its very distinctive!

Im guessing the the aroma will develop as well because its as I said only a few days post roast, but even so its bloody delicious!

P
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Post by: Simon on 29/08/2017, 01:22 PM
Haha Hakuna Matata... sounds awesome.. what a wonderful phrase!

Currently drinking double espresso (21g in, 46g out in 30s) of Columbian Excelso (fairtrade and organic), choc and caramel galore! Still a bit of harshness in it, so might try loosen it up or dose down a bit, or perhaps cut the pour shorter (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170829/4047dbf0b0b36ea311c5f0f805ef0ed6.jpg)

Edit: followed by a double shot latte(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170829/a978e5ad8b3a6c7204695fe69555a7f8.jpg)
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 29/08/2017, 04:37 PM
Haha Hakuna Matata... sounds awesome.. what a wonderful phrase!

Currently drinking double espresso (21g in, 46g out in 30s) of Columbian Excelso (fairtrade and organic), choc and caramel galore! Still a bit of harshness in it, so might try loosen it up or dose down a bit, or perhaps cut the pour shorter (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170829/4047dbf0b0b36ea311c5f0f805ef0ed6.jpg)

Edit: followed by a double shot latte(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170829/a978e5ad8b3a6c7204695fe69555a7f8.jpg)

sounds like a winner - how many days post roast is it?

I usually find that the colombians take 10 days or so post roast to rally come into their own

P
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Post by: Simon on 29/08/2017, 05:06 PM
They're 15 days post-roast, yeah I made sure I waited at least 9 days, just still working out the new grinder and best distribution...

The second pour I lowered the dose a bit to 20.5g, and got 33.7g out in 27s... This is not making sense, I lower the dose and the pour slows down?? Haha bizarro world....

Although the first the shot took until 18 seconds to come together into a central pour (in the naked), this shot didn't come central at all, but had a dead spot in the centre with about 2-3 separate 'streams'...

So either I didn't purge enough for first shot (OR second), or distribution wasn't great in second shot, as it didn't come to a central pour, and therefore too much resistance in the puck and less volume out...

Scratching my head vigorously haha
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Post by: Simon on 06/09/2017, 06:00 PM
Poured myself a "magic" with the Columbian Excelso, hadn't had one of those in awhile... I do believe I said afterwards... "That was magic!!!"
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170906/1066aa2152c4097357db314e671a9ec8.jpg)
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 07/09/2017, 05:54 PM
hate the name love the coffee the name was made up by the baristas at St Ali in Melbourne and somehow it caught on - Im drinking Columbia Santa Maria at the moment from Montville Coffee and its bloody lovely !

Pat
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Post by: Simon on 07/09/2017, 11:08 PM
Ahh we were talking about where the name possibly came from the other day... didn't know that! Yeah funny name haha
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 14/09/2017, 12:58 AM
I called it a 'magic johnson' at my cafe in melbourne coz i wanted to personalize it a bit!
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Post by: _maatt_ on 14/09/2017, 03:10 PM
Ask five Melbourne baristas and you'll get six different origin stories
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Post by: Simon on 02/10/2017, 10:52 AM
Was down to the last dregs of beans (9g or so), and thought, "Hmmmm.... could just brew this up filter style as usual... orrr I could whip out the ol single filter basket and single spout!"

So... I did haha. Gave it a crack, and I was pleasantly surprised! About 8 grams in, yielded 19.5 grams out in 19s. A little fast so will go bit finer next time if the occasion arises hehe, but I WDT'd it, nutated it, really tried to get it packed in properly in the very strange single shot basket.

Was quite nice! (Drank as an espresso) There was little to no body haha, was very light, had an almost tea-like texture, amazing aroma, nice sweetness, chocolatey. Not in your face at all.

Am definitely gonna try this sort of thing more often (yeah... this sort of activity is bordering on insanity right.. look out!), and I think it's healthy to not get too bogged down in sticking with the usual routine/drink and to experiment a bit with curiosity and fun. It's good for me anyways haha :)
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Post by: Lwowiak on 15/10/2017, 11:59 AM
7 days post roast.

El Salvador El Roble Black Honey process. A new bean, and my first roast. Taken to the cusp of second crack. This is a chocolate bomb, with balanced acidity and very nice mouthfeel. Next few roasts will be lighter, as this would be as dark as I would recommend this bean, and I want more fruit flavours to shine.

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Hafursa. This coffee smells amazing. Butterscotch aromas and flavours throughout. Further resting will bring out the fruity notes. Easy to roast and a very sweet espresso. My first "Hafursa" coffee, and it is great.

A 50/50 blend of the two has yielded a delicious chocolate honeycomb flavour that lingers in a milk drink. Amazing aftertaste.

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Post by: Simon on 19/10/2017, 04:52 PM
Ohhhhh *drools*... that sounds like such a ripper combo mate...
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Post by: Brett H on 19/10/2017, 06:49 PM
Hi mate, I may need some of both of those beans... Stat ;)

PM me when you're passing my way again.... I owe you a coffee or three missing you last time!!
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Post by: LeroyC on 21/10/2017, 10:47 AM
I’ve finally found a Sumatran that I like!! This is a very nice coffee from the Kokowagayo co-op. They’re essentially an NGO that are doing some great work in their part of Aceh with their collection of small holder members. They’ve already got a handful of certifications (including all the main ones), but more importantly are on the ground working to empower their female members as well as deliver whole heap of social development initiatives.
Above all that the coffee is actually good!! Hallelujah! I’ve never found an Indonesian coffee that I really like. I’ve had moderate success with an FTO from Timor, but nothing else. Even the couple of washed Sulawesis I’ve tried have been average. But this one I like. It’s still wet hulled so does have some of the spicy sort of characteristics you’d expect from this processing method. What it does have though is a pleasant acidity and a decent amount of sweetness. I’ve actually mostly been enjoying it through the Aeropress, but as I just bought a V60 set up I thought I’d better give it a whirl.
I roughly followed the Rao method, but I prefer a brew ratio of 1:12 for all my filter coffees. This came out very nice indeed.

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Post by: Simon on 21/10/2017, 02:37 PM
Ah sounds awesome Leroy! I've never found an Indonesian coffee that worked well in filter, only espresso, although i may need to expand my scope of them. That sounds yum!

I couldn't seem to get consistently great results with Scott Rao's method, but I actually thought it was my particular roast that I maybe took too dark, but I might try that brew ratio actually.. It's the only variable I didn't alter and play with..
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 22/10/2017, 06:13 PM
strange to think that not that long ago 7g was the norm - no wonder the Italians beefed it up with robusta, otherwise you wouldn't taste anything!

p


Was down to the last dregs of beans (9g or so), and thought, "Hmmmm.... could just brew this up filter style as usual... orrr I could whip out the ol single filter basket and single spout!"

So... I did haha. Gave it a crack, and I was pleasantly surprised! About 8 grams in, yielded 19.5 grams out in 19s. A little fast so will go bit finer next time if the occasion arises hehe, but I WDT'd it, nutated it, really tried to get it packed in properly in the very strange single shot basket.

Was quite nice! (Drank as an espresso) There was little to no body haha, was very light, had an almost tea-like texture, amazing aroma, nice sweetness, chocolatey. Not in your face at all.

Am definitely gonna try this sort of thing more often (yeah... this sort of activity is bordering on insanity right.. look out!), and I think it's healthy to not get too bogged down in sticking with the usual routine/drink and to experiment a bit with curiosity and fun. It's good for me anyways haha :)
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Post by: Simon on 22/10/2017, 08:16 PM
Hehe yes true! It seems like such a low dose to use... But interesting, I've known a few people who swear by single baskets and that the single shots they've been pulling have far outranked any doubles
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Post by: Simon on 24/10/2017, 12:31 PM
I received some beans as a gift from someone who was in Vanuatu recently, they've got a roastery/cafe there that's a bit of a tourist destination. Very thoughtful gift as she knew I loved coffee hehe. Wasn't sure how these would go as I don't know when they were roasted (it does have a best before date on the back :s... so I'd imagine they may be a bit older).

But always love trying new coffees regardless, so I just pulled the first double espresso, piccolo latte, and 1/2 strength cap for my girlfriend with the Vanuatu bean, quite nice actually! Nice fruity/citrus notes, smooth, choc (which comes out great in milk), nutty with a lingering sweet aftertaste. The aftertaste was initially a bit strange and umm 'old', but the sweetness really carries through and helps to balance/mute that out really nicely.

I was pleasantly surprised! I can tell they have a bit of age in them, but nevertheless I'll keep playing with them. Good times!(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171024/52d4dbda413d444e8d536b272e23e598.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171024/0c53489fa9e5e3d9889cb1e903fdac46.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171024/9b1b851de4588d837ea7daa24702679f.jpg)
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Simon on 26/10/2017, 04:40 PM
Iced long black with the Tanna coffee beans... haven't had one of these in yonks!(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171026/ae8bdb8355319c7354ac92dd5bea0a88.jpg)
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Simon on 04/11/2017, 07:53 AM
Hmmm... is that a doppio espresso? Naahhhh... Aeropress! Ethiopia Sidamo Ardi Natural pushed through an Aeropress using some recipes I have that mimic and come close to espresso flavour. This roast wasn't great but it turned out alright!(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171103/48e903959224ad2bbb75eb8e53ce1b02.jpg)
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 05/11/2017, 07:56 AM
I over-roasted a little last week and just hit rolled into second crack... and really enjoyed the change.
That's what I love about coffee. So many flavours and every coffee and even every roast is unique :)
Cheers and enjoy your weekend brews.
Paul
K Bean - Coffee Machines (https://www.kbean.com.au/)


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Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Simon on 05/11/2017, 01:35 PM
YEAH ain't that true.. and yeah I'm often surprised by roasts that I thought were a total mess haha, you brew it in different ways and you can get some really interesting stuff out of them. And those sorts of roasts also promote a real curiosity like "hmm.. what can I squeeze out of this.....", and you find yourself exploring and playing with brew methods that you never even thought of before! Look at us outlaws right hehe!

Yes, that latte I'll have after work will be cherished... cheers
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Simon on 15/11/2017, 11:56 AM
While waiting for my Yirg beans to rest I roasted up a cheeky 114g of Ethiopia Sidamo Ardi Natural for filter, and I'd never really gotten the hang of consistent filter roasts.. for some reason I'd always ended them after first crack was finished, I must have heard that somewhere and unconsciously just kept believing that had to be the way haha. So I decided to drop the roast about 20s into rolling FC and see how it comes out.

Well.........


Brewed it up with a V60, Scott Rao method. This roast is probably as early/light as I had ever dropped it before, and wwwwwwowza what a massive difference, it's absolutely delicious.... an absolute 'gamechanger' (theehe) ending the roast earlier.. the flavours are just BURSTING... And it's only about 2 and a half days post roast :D.

Filter roasts arrrrre BACK in the game!(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171115/73a6e3131766c17c2c48aac4acb5cba7.jpg)
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 06/12/2017, 10:49 AM
I picked up some Yirg Grade A and it is out of this world. Even the green beans smell amazing :)


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Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Simon on 06/12/2017, 12:24 PM
I picked up some Yirg Grade A and it is out of this world. Even the green beans smell amazing :)


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Ah sounds awesome.. YES with my Yirg beans I was super surprised with the smell of the greens! I'd never had greens that smelled like that haha, just exquisite... do you have a particular approach with roasting Yirgs Paul?

I tried some recently in which it was a more aggressive faster ramp up in temp at the start, and they were beautiful but not out of this world.. I know some approach Yirgs much slower and gentler at the start..
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 06/12/2017, 01:10 PM
@simon
Learning from various roasting profile techniques in the past
I now roast all dry African beans on a slow ramp to first crack (12 to 14 min)  and a quicker time to second crack (3 to 4 min )

KK
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Simon on 06/12/2017, 09:30 PM


@simon
Learning from various roasting profile techniques in the past
I now roast all dry African beans on a slow ramp to first crack (12 to 14 min)  and a quicker time to second crack (3 to 4 min )

KK

Ah that's interesting.. just I thought because it's a high grown dense bean so thought a faster roast would penetrate the bean and roast more evenly, and bring out flavours better... Obviously it depends i guess, and perhaps natural/dry process beans would affect approach and effect too (which I'm not yet well versed in..)

I'll keep that in mind, thanks KK :)
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Simon on 06/02/2018, 12:09 PM
Currently enjoying this roast of Colombia Red Bourbon Honey Las Margaritas La Esperanza (honey processed) in a long black. Wowza! Even the first dial in espresso even though it was a tad fast was really quite nice. Slowed it down for the long black.

Tasting notes that came with it are:
Sweet red cherry and raspberry upfront. Inky mouthfeel, rich chocolate and cream notes throughout. High lemon acidity going into a walnut and toffee finish.

Roasted to slightly different depths, the first 300g batch I went through was stopped 30s after end of FC, was really nice but something was missing, and also couldn't get consistent shots..

But this second batch, yuummmm... roasted to about 1m after end of FC, massive difference.. just BURSTING with flavour, so incredibly juicy, and the aftertaste is unreal, almost has a freshness or even mintiness to it! Can totally get the cherry and raspberry in this lot...(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180206/bd4b959600eb4b66b8ebc773985bb827.jpg)
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Lwowiak on 07/02/2018, 11:51 AM
Looks great Simon.

I was wondering what to roast today, you made the decision for me.
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Simon on 07/02/2018, 02:06 PM


Looks great Simon.

I was wondering what to roast today, you made the decision for me.

YES, I should have mentioned they were from you mate, these beans are incredible... sooo nice.. it's the first time roasting these, the first batch was maybe a little too light, but I was experimenting with different depths, this one was spot on... thanks for the awesome beans Stan :)
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Simon on 15/02/2018, 03:03 PM
And now been trying out the darker roast (1m 30s post-FC) of the same bean, feel it doesn't really suit this bean, its alot nicer a bit lighter. It's okay, but a tad on the harsh side no matter how I pull it really, but I tended to enjoy it more with a lower brew ratio, so tried a double ristretto today (23g in, 24g out in 34s), really thick and goopy pour, incredible body! Super chocolatey, but still a bit of harshness, will up to maybe 1:1.5 ratio or so(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180215/4f5884e0fa6080f1381272b2a520d160.jpg)
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Simon on 22/02/2018, 12:48 PM
Wow, this is a stunner of a coffee... Double espresso of Sumatra Lake Tawar, courtesy of @mycuppa. Just wanted to give massive props, such a delicious bean... Love the slight spiciness in aftertaste, and I would go so far as to say it has a wild herbal aftertaste (I don't know what that means exactly... but that's what I get!).

Highly recommended, scores 93+ in cupping scores.

Thanks Jeff! (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180222/061dc3ee2ad9b2f55ae8845a3390c00e.jpg)
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: JohnA on 29/08/2018, 05:18 PM
currently enjoying from mycuppa, the centre way blend.

Enjoying it as a ristretto or a ristretto latte.

19g in 19g out
93.6 deg
28 seconds

very nice
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Simon on 29/08/2018, 07:19 PM
currently enjoying from mycuppa, the centre way blend.

Enjoying it as a ristretto or a ristretto latte.

19g in 19g out
93.6 deg
28 seconds

very nice
Ah yum I haven't tried that one yet... only been trying the single origins every now and then
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: JohnA on 29/08/2018, 07:26 PM
Ah yum I haven't tried that one yet... only been trying the single origins every now and then

I have tried most of their blends now and will start on the single origins next. They have a great range and all well priced
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Simon on 29/08/2018, 07:30 PM
I have tried most of their blends now and will start on the single origins next. They have a great range and all well priced
Ah nice, yeah for sure some crackers in there...
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: JohnA on 30/08/2018, 01:01 PM
double ristretto latte i am enjoying right at this moment, again using the centre way blend from mycuppa

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1894/30488946458_f764798c52_b.jpg)
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Brett H on 31/08/2018, 10:04 AM
Wow... Loving this thread.  Lots of great information and pictures here.  I'm stuck in the dark-ages with my roasts compared to you guys who are stopping in the vicinity of first crack. I've always associated that with cupping and lighter roasts but there are some terrific espresso pics here. Thanks for broadening my horizons!!

P.s John, LOVE that picture!!!
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Post by: Simon on 31/08/2018, 12:16 PM
Wow... Loving this thread.  Lots of great information and pictures here.  I'm stuck in the dark-ages with my roasts compared to you guys who are stopping in the vicinity of first crack. I've always associated that with cupping and lighter roasts but there are some terrific espresso pics here. Thanks for broadening my horizons!!

P.s John, LOVE that picture!!!
Yep for sure Brett, it's nice seeing how others pull shots and what they enjoy, definitely helps broaden the horizons and try new things. I love lighter roasts in espresso (by lighter I mean medium hehe), there's so much more flavour to explore I reckon, but obviously really depends on the particular bean.

And yep, beautiful rosetta too John :)
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Post by: JohnA on 05/10/2018, 04:36 PM
Trying a blend from one of our local roasters here in Preston Melbourne
Double espresso, and it is very smooth indeed as the name suggests

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1948/30172601697_7e44882cdd_b.jpg)

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Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: Brett H on 06/10/2018, 11:45 AM
Wonderful pictures mate... I can almost taste that shot! Looks amazing!!!
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 06/10/2018, 12:43 PM
And the song of the same name “Smooth Operator “  is also good

KK
Title: Re: What coffee am I drinking at the moment?
Post by: JohnA on 13/10/2018, 03:16 PM
A single origin from the same local roaster found its way into my grinder today.
So far have had it as a double espresso and a latte and is beautiful either way, but of course i'll use it more as an espresso as its my preferred drink.
May try it as a ristretto tomorrow, but either way, i will be purchasing this one again

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1910/45233054292_0e2dba6636_b.jpg)